Rain and sleet have changed to snow in most of the Roanoke and New River valleys and nearby areas as of late this Palm Sunday morning. How much snow will collect at any given location now is basically a matter of intense it can fall to overcome the early spring factors that fight accumulation. While there may be some slack periods and gaps, bands of snow are expected to continue to develop and move through the region much of the afternoon, as we are influenced both by a low forming on the Atlantic coast off the Carolinas and another to the west in the Tennessee Valley. After a possible lull period late this afternoon, an upper-level low may bring another round of snow overnight and early Monday. Total accumulations of 2-5 inches seem to be on tap for the Roanoke and New River valleys, varying some by elevation and where heavier bands set up. Expect more to the north and northwest and a little less south and east, though Southside has seen some periods of snow this morning. Some forecast models continue to spit out very large totals, but those will probably be mitigated by the lesser snow:liquid ratios than we typically see in midwinter, some melting with borderline temperatures, especially during gaps in the snowfall. It is not out of the realm of possibility, though, that some of the 6+ totals may be realized. We’ll just keep watching it through the afternoon and evening. Be aware that some roads may become slushy or even snow-covered where heavier snow falls, and any amounts over 3 inches will start to bring concerns about localized power outages with the heavy, wet nature of the snow.