I’m planning to be off the blog Saturday. Will return Sunday to look to the week ahead.
Other than some overnight snow showers from upslope northwest flow over the mountains, the snow is just about over for Southwest Virginia. Here is a listing of amounts turned into the National Weather Service-Blacksburg — lots of 1-2-inch amounts, a few lower and higher. This one pretty much followed forecasts and modeling with few surprises, other than arriving and departing a couple hours earlier, and a little bit more northward advance of sleet and freezing rain in the counties closer to the North Carolina and Tennessee line. Spotty freezing drizzle may also be possible tonight, so care is urged on highways, already slickened in spots from today’s precipitation.
We’ll see some daytime melting over the weekend as highs climb above freezing, possibly as high as the low 40s, but lows will continue in the teens and 20s, so there will be nighttime re-freezing. There also may be some chance of freezing rain Sunday night as warmer air overrides the cold dome. A warmup next week may take us to near 60 by midweek, but cold air returns for late next week. There is also some winter storm potential late next week. Today wasn’t our last rodeo this winter.