LET THE WINTER EVENT BE OVER BEFORE DECLARING IT OVER. It is not over yet.
Two strung-out bands of precipitation have been moving parallel to I-81, both to the northwest and southeast, largely sparing most of the Roanoke and New River valleys of anything but minor precipitation this afternoon with temperatures in the upper 20s to near 30. Some areas of Franklin County and the Smith Mountain Lake area have been collecting significant sleet and ice from the southern most of the two bands. There is more moisture building in from the southwest, though, now expanding from Alabama and Georgia into east Tennessee. Short-range models build this in to Southwest Virginia by early to mid evening with temperatures remaining at or below freezing in most locations, and remaining more or less stalled or very slightly rising overnight. So we’re not out of the woods yet for a potential ice storm. Meanwhile, for the next few hours, expect some sporadic freezing drizzle, light freezing rain, sleet, perhaps even some light snow, with minor accumulations. Some roads are reported to be slick around the area, so use caution if traveling.