The Roanoke and New River valleys have entered that afternoon lull I mentioned on Saturday, as we are between some of the early bands moving north (looks like at least one more heavy one coming in about 30 minutes to an hour) and what will likely be the meat of the snowfall, the “deformation zone” or “comma head” with the upper-level low tracking eastward. That period of snow will likely begin before an hour or two before sundown and take us into the evening. The Storm Prediction Center issued a mesoscale discussion earlier this afternoon circling our region and noting the possibility of both 1-inch-per-hour snowfall rates and even some “thundersnow,” which simply means having atmospheric dynamics that might support some random bolts of lightning (usually cloud to cloud, not cloud to ground) and the accompanying rumbles of thunder. If you ever hear thunder when it’s snowing, you know it’s putting it down or about to. Snow amounts so far have mostly been in the 1-2-inch range. Most areas north to about Hot Springs, Lexington and northern Amherst County, south to the Virginia-North Carolina state line and a little beyond, will probably get at least 3 inches out of the deformation zone snow, and I could see some areas getting 6 or even 8 if a heavy snow band happens to set up overhead for a while. So that’s where we stand moving toward late afternoon. The main piece of what we’ve been talking about for days isn’t quite here, yet.