Winds pick up Saturday afternoon, evening as coldest air of the season arrives

Accumulating mountain snow possible Saturday night

By Jonathan Kegges - Meteorologist

ROANOKE, Va - Showers that were around early Saturday morning will taper off through the morning. Sunshine will break free for the afternoon as a strong, Arctic cold front delivers the coldest air of the season to date later tonight through Monday. Expect gusty northwest winds to develop later this afternoon and overnight along with the potential for accumulating mountain snow.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON:

Increasing sunshine. Becoming breezy with highs in the mid-60s.

SATURDAY NIGHT:

  • Winds could gust more than 45 mph at times through Sunday morning. Gusts could top 50 mph in the higher elevations. 
  • A Wind Advisory is in effect until Noon Sunday along and west of I-81. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Grayson County. Gusts could top 55mph.
  • Use caution if driving high profile vehicles late Saturday through Sunday afternoon.

Rain will change to snow as colder air rushes in late tonight. 

  • 1-3" of snow will be possible in Ski Country, on the western slopes of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties.
  • A few light snow showers may sneak into the Highlands, Mountain Empire and New River Valley early Sunday morning, but little to no accumulation is expected.

Temperatures in the Mountain Empire are expected to flirt with the freezing mark by Sunday morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect.

Highs Sunday only top out in the low-50s. Winds will die down Sunday night as the coldest air of the season settles in Monday morning. Widespread 20s and 30s will be likely Monday morning

 

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