Snow showers and patchy ice

Strong northwest winds along with snow showers and patchy ice early this morning. A cold front will push east of the area early this morning. Behind the front, northwest winds may gust to 45 mph especially along the ridges.

In addition, bands of snow showers can be expected across the western mountains with perhaps a few of these pushing out toward the Blue Ridge. Added snowfall amounts of an inch or two could occur along the higher western ridges including areas from Tazewell north to around Bluefield, Hinton and Quinwood early this morning with only spotty amounts farther east. Leftover water from overnight may also result in areas of icing as the much colder air rushes in sending temperatures quickly back below freezing again this morning.

Conditions should improve by mid morning as winds diminish and drier air works into the region. Motorists should be alert on their morning commute for slippery road conditions especially over the higher elevations and be prepared for strong wind gusts.