Well here’s my slightly snow-dusted deck from this morning. It snowed for almost an hour where I live in southern Roanoke County, those snow-globe-type big flakes, very picturesque to watch. But not much about this system really did what was expected, at least in regards to wintry precipitation locally. Milder air aloft kept a lot of the precipitation as rain, freezing rain and sleet. Then, it finally did cold enough through the atmosphere to snow — in Henry, Franklin and Bedford counties, entirely EAST of the winter weather advisory area. Some spots there got up to half an inch. Then there was this little backside splotchy patch of sleet and snow that dusted some parts of the Roanoke and New River valleys this morning. It was a disorganized, borderline storm system right up to the end, at one point including a dry slot covering most of Virginia west of Richmond, much of that territory in northern Virginia having been forecast to get up to 4 inches of snow. It will become better organized rapidly offshore later today, and that will pull some more gusty northwest winds into our area, something we seem to be able to count on with regularity in Southwest Virginia winters, along with upslope-produced snow showers, mostly in West Virginia where they got some snow from the initial storm.
Looking ahead, it’s more of the same this coming week, with two more potentially murky storm systems on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day — to send this bizarre weather year out — and then, perhaps, Thursday or so, as upper-level energy ejects out of the Southwest. If you’re looking for these possible storm systems (their existence is even murky) to either be unambiguously rain or snow a couple of days out (or a couple of hours out, or a couple hours after it starts), forget it. Cold air will be lurking, and the freezing line in various low to mid layers of the atmosphere will very likely be near or right smack through Southwest Virginia, again.