Winter Weather Advisory until 7 am Saturday

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Mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow expected especially across the higher terrain with limited
accumulation.

Colder air will spread into the region from the northeast today as a series of weather systems from the Midsouth track northeast on top of the colder air. Compared to recent events, the air mass in place across the region will be marginally cold enough for winter precipitation. Thus, the winter precipitation will be mainly confined to higher elevations throughout the region, especially the Blue Ridge, Alleghanys, and Cumberland mountains. Warm temperatures in the 50s and 60s the past couple of days will greatly limit accumulation of winter precipitation in urban areas and lower elevations. Little, if any accumulation of winter precipitation is anticipated at elevations below 2500 ft.

* WHAT…Mixed wintry precipitation expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to 1 inch for elevations of 2500 ft. to 3000 ft. and up to 2 inches for elevations above 3000 ft. A light glaze of ice accumulation possible at elevations mainly above 3000 ft. Lighter snow and sleet accumulations expected in elevations below 2500 feet.

* WHERE…Portions of central, southwest and west central Virginia as well as southeast West Virginia.

* WHEN…until 7 AM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…A slushy mix of sleet and snow will be possible on untreated roads and surfaces at higher elevations. Use caution if planning to travel through higher mountainous terrain and be prepared for areas of minor snow and sleet accumulation in these locations.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow…sleet…or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities…and use caution while driving.

Please report snow, sleet or ice accumulations via email at rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov or by calling the National Weather Service toll free at…1…866…2 1 5…4 3 2 4. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.