Welcome to Spring. The season begins with the snow storm that began shortly before midnight Tuesday and coated the landscape and will continue throughout the day Wednesday with 1-3 more inches.
Icy and slick road conditions led to accidents and problems throughout the region with schools cancelled and many other events delayed or postponed.
With temperatures just below freezing in Floyd County along with the New River and Roanoke Valleys, road conditions are a mixture of slush and some ice. Depending on where you live in the Floyd area, the accumulation varies from two to as much as six inches, which makes the storm a little worse than the March 12 storm but it could have been worse.
Temperatures are expected to rise about 36 degrees but winds will keep the “feel” in hte upper 20s at best. Treated roads should be passable but secondaries are reported slick and hazardous.
The National Weather Service says the current winter storm warning stays in place through 8 a.m. Thursday, adding “a complex winter storm will continue to affect our region today and into the evening.”
The NWS office in Blacksburg says:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT THURSDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts between 8 and 11 inches, are expected. * WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia and northwest North Carolina. * WHEN…Today through 8 AM EDT Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Northwest winds may gust to 45 mph or stronger this evening into Thursday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.