***A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for the entire viewing area today through early Monday morning. A WINTER STORM WARNING means significant snow, sleet and ice accumulation will impact your travel.***
Please read the forecast discussion below. We expect a change to sleet and freezing rain soon. Snow will end. We urge you to please monitor the local forecast. It appears this could be an extremely slick Sunday and Sunday night.
THIS AFTERNOON: Around mid afternoon, we expect the major precipitation type to flip to freezing rain. This has already been occurring to the south of us in the Roanoke and New River valleys. We take freezing rain very seriously. It's dangerous. As cold rain falls, it freezes on contact with anything colder than 32 degrees - and this will be virtually everything today. Freezing rain will add a glaze and "crunch" to any accumulation of snow and sleet that preceded it. Roads will become even more slick and the interstates could become icy as it's more difficult to treat pavement. Most Valley locations should expect 0.25"-0.50" of ice by tonight. This will mainly be on elevated surfaces like trees and power lines. Thankfully, breezes won't be very strong, so power lines shouldn't be swaying too much, but we could still have scattered power outages.
ICE CONTINUES: Periods of freezing rain could continue Sunday night into very early Monday morning before changing to plain rain as temperatures finally rise above freezing.
ACCUMULATION FORECAST: Snow and sleet: Little to 6.00" Freezing rain/ice: 0.25"-0.50"+ (most occurring late today/tonight)
CLOSINGS AND DELAYS: Check the "closings" section of whsv.com. We have many church announcements waiting for you there. Many services have already been cancelled. Schools could be closed or at least delayed Monday due to icy roads.
COLD DAY - STAY WARM: Today will be cold with temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s. As mentioned, we could have scattered power outages. Make sure to have a safe, alternative heat source should you lose power.
TRAVEL: Is not advised today. If you must venture out, please slow down and allow VDOT, city, and county crews as well as their independent contractors plenty of room (and time) to clear/treat the roads.
FIRST ALERT WEATHER STAFFING: Meteorologist Jay Webb will provide extended coverage through this afternoon. Meteorologist Amelia Nahmias will have updates on our 6:00 and 11:00p.m. Sunday newscasts. Meteorologists Aubrey Urbanowicz will also file reports during our evening news.
Updated: Sunday, 12:50p.m./Meteorologist Jay Webb
Yesterday's High: 39
Yesterday's Low: 29
Today's Normal High: 46
Today's Normal Low: 25
Record High Temp/Year: 74/1998
Record Low Temp/Year: -4/1910
Sunrise This Morning: 7:20 a.m.
Sunset Tonight: 4:55 p.m.
Yesterday's Precipitation: 0.02"
Month to Date Precipitation/Month's Average: 0.92"/2.61"
Year to Date Precipitation/YTD Average: 37.30"/33.87"