Slick spots expected

Slick spots expected tonight into Thursday morning as melted snow refreezes. Temperatures will drop into the 20s, to around 30 overnight. Any snow melt from will re-freeze to ice especially on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses, as well as sidewalks and parking lots. Those driving or walking should use caution overnight into early Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to noon EDT Thursday.

* Locations…The New River Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains between Carroll and Amherst Counties, the southern Shenandoah Valley, Alleghany Highlands and eastern Greenbrier County.

* Hazards…Strong wind gusts, downing trees and power lines weighed down by significant accumulation of wet snow.

* Winds…Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Timing…Northwest winds will increase this evening. Peak winds are expected to occur between midnight and mid-morning Thursday. Wind gusts then begin to abate by late morning Thursday.

* Impacts…As snow weighs on trees and power lines, they are more vulnerable to being downed.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range between 46 and 57 MPH. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.