Mercifully, today’s winter “storm” is wrapping up and headed out, as the last bands of snow slowly dissipate over the region. Some locations in a few streaks got 1-4 inches — Wytheville area (link here for nasty wreck photos on I-81), parts of south Roanoke County (in the 1-2 range where I live – some slushy roads though, so be careful), some of southern Botetourt/northern Bedford County, even a strip of Henry County, and probably some other localized areas I’m not immediately aware of. Some areas west of I-77 and to the north near Lexington and Staunton got even more, at the southern edge of the snow swath rocking D.C. with thunderbolts. Most places in Southwest Virginia — including both Roanoke and Blacksburg– got less, missing the heavier snow bands or having surface temperatures a little too warm. The patchy, banded nature of the precipitation allowed too many dry slots and too much mild surface air (35-38) to work into those gaps, whereas a solid shield of precipitation would have kept the dynamic cooling going more evenly and held temperatures closer to freezing, as well as allowing more constant snow.
It was at least needed liquid precipitation — a little more than a half inch at both Roanoke and Blacksburg (so if all had been snow, about 5 inches) — that will keep this January from being the driest on record.
Enough for the post mortem. Looks like normal to slightly below normal temperatures into next week. There is some threat of a system that could spread moisture over marginally cold air early next week. I’m not really expecting much based on the established trend for this winter.
Long range — it appears more cold and mostly dry weather is expected. Spring is not around the corner. The next snow tease probably is.