Current storm warnings for our area predicts snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches between midnight Saturday to 11 AM Monday.
The forecasts and warnings change as the storm approaches, so expected accumulations can, and will, change.
As with many storms, the line between a moderate and a heavy snowfall is thin and we cold either have a snow with little impact or a major storm with disruptions, power outages, hazardous roads and worse.
Latest from the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 11 AM EST MONDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 12 inches expected. * WHERE…Portions of south central, southwest and west central Virginia and north central North Carolina. * WHEN…From midnight tonight to 11 AM EST Monday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for 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. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&
…Winter Storm Tonight into Monday… .Low pressure will track from Texas, across the Gulf Coast states through today while cold high pressure builds south across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The low will then move off the southeast coast Sunday into Monday. With the colder air in place, a prolonged period of snow is expected, starting as early as tonight, and lasting into Monday. Some mix of sleet may occur across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina as well. Based on the forecast track, the heaviest snow is expected to occur across northwest North Carolina into southern Virginia.