At this midnight posting, it doesn’t look like much snow is going to get east of the West Virginia border or I-77 corridor in far southwest Virginia. Maybe a little white in spots west of Roanoke in the morning, but unless something changes between now and morning, it doesn’t look like a big deal. No surprise, really.
The Alberta clipper train is finally coming to an end with this round, and the Arctic air is also starting to release its grip. Highs may even reach the 50s by afternoon for Roanoke and points south and east. This coming warmup doesn’t look to be a runaway “blowtorch” into the 70s like last week, but rather a mild period over most of the next 7-10 days or so, with lots of days in the 40s and 50s. It appears there are at least three chances of substantial rain in the pipeline –
about Friday-Saturday Thursday-Friday of his week, Monday-Tuesday next week and then a couple days later near Valentine’s Day. The only prospects for frozen precipitation may be some patchy freezing rain in colder valleys on the front end of the late-week rain, and then perhaps some weekend mountain snow showers as a low-pressure system tightens off the New England coast and brings a brief shot of renewed cold. There are some indications the storm system near Valentine’s Day may usher in a colder pattern for mid to late month, but details that far our are sketchy.