Light snow through this morning
An upper-level disturbance and associated Arctic cold front were moving through the region this morning. In addition, low pressure across the southeast U.S. will move northeast along the front toward the Mid-Atlantic coast by Thursday morning. The combination of these weather systems will bring light snow to much of this area through the morning, with the snow ending by midday or early afternoon. Snowfall amounts are expected to be around an inch or less across these counties, with isolated two inch amounts.
Further east, mainly east of the Blue Ridge, snow is expected to be heavier and last longer as the aforementioned low pressure system moves across North Carolina later today and toward the Mid-Atlantic coast by tomorrow morning. In those areas, Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect today where snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are possible. Heavier snow amounts will also be possible along the typical west facing slopes of the Alleghanys and into far southwest Virginia. There, the snowfall is primarily expected this morning.
In addition to the snow, temperatures will be bitterly cold today and Thursday with near steady or falling temperatures through the teens west and 20s east today. By Thursday morning low temperatures will range from the single digits west to 10 to 15 east of the Blue Ridge. Wind chill readings Thursday morning will range from -15 degrees in western Greenbrier to the 0 to +5 degree range across the Piedmont.
If you are planning to travel anywhere within the forecast area today, plan on snow covered roads and bitterly cold temperatures. Plan accordingly by including extra layers of clothing and extra blankets. Make sure your gasoline tank is full before you leave your destination. Reduce speed, leave extra distance between vehicles, and be especially careful braking.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or commercial radio and television for the latest weather information.