Daylight will begin to reveal the terrible toll of Superstorm Sandy in greater detail, a deadly and destructive tropics-meets-tundra weather system without precedent that has paralyzed much of New York City and left millions without power. This morning’s satellite photo shows Sandy as a massive swirl of clouds fitting almost perfectly from the Mississippi River to the East Coast, and from Atlanta well into Canada. Southwest Virginia is very small piece of a huge mosaic of Sandy’s effects, but power outages in the thousands have resulted from winds that were sustained as high as 40 mph and gusted as high as 60 mph at Roanoke Regional Airport late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. Several locations mostly above 2,000 feet and west and southwest of Roanoke saw a rare October measurable snowfall, though amounts are mostly light, owing to strong winds, warm ground, and most of the heavy snow having tracked into West Virginia and far southwest Virginia as projected. Here is a link providing some information on Sandy’s current status and also rainfall, snowfall and wind gusts in other locations. Today, for Southwest Virginia, you should expect whatever you got from Sandy last night, just gradually a little less of it as the circulation center tracks westward through Pennsylvania. Winds may still gust over 50 mph at times, so the high wind warning remains in effect. There will be some snow or rain showers in the air — a few flurries have even blown into some pars of the Roanoke Valley this morning — but little additional significant precipitation is expected. Sandy, born of a deeply south dipping Arctic air mass intercepting a hurricane originating in the Caribbean, will slowly weaken and drift north through the remainder of the week, its hold on our weather and its inclement effects on several states only slowly losing its grip. You can expect the total toll of destruction to climb into many billions of dollars, as Sandy will easily be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S history due to the breadth of its effects and the densely populated and developed areas it has hammered in various ways. Southwest Virginia, you have experienced, and continue to experience, a noisy and troublesome through far from devastating part of a historic storm.