Band of moderate snow moving through

A band of moderate snow located in advance of a strong cold front was moving through the region this evening. The area of heavy snow was about 50 miles wide and extended from Independence to Blacksburg to Covington, including the New River Valley, Alleghany Highlands, Mountain Empire Region, Greenbrier Valley, and the mountains of eastern West Virginia and western Virginia.

Temperatures in the snow area at or near the freezing mark. During the period of moderate snow, some accumulation on road surfaces will be possible and an inch or two of snow accumulation is expected in grassy surfaces and elevated objects. Snow accumulation will tend to be slightly greater at higher elevations, especially at or above 2500 feet. activity is expected to move east of the New River and Roanoke Valleys within the next couple of hours, thus no major travel problems are anticipated given the warm ground temperatures.

If you plan to be traveling through any of these areas this evening, be alert for possible slush and slick spots on roads in areas of heavier snow and be prepared for greatly reduced visibility in areas of heavier snow. Reduce speed and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or commercial radio and television for the latest weather information.