The winter weather advisory for much of the area that surrounds Floyd County and this part of Southwestern Virginia means temperatures right at freezing along with rain and freezing rain soaking the region.
The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg says it should be at its height by noon and continue through about 3 p.m.
..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON… * WHAT…Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze expected, and up to one-tenth of an inch on the highest ridges. * WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia and southeast West Virginia. * WHEN…Until 3 PM EST this afternoon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Most of the ice accretion will be on elevated surfaces. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&
…Freezing Rain Expected Sunday… .An area of low pressure will move east through the Tennesse and Ohio Valleys today. A swath of precipitation will overspread the region from southwest to northeast ahead of this system. Freezing rain is likely primarily across the higher elevations from the New River Valley northeast into the Shenandoah Valley and Highlands of Virginia, and the Greenbrier Valley and Highlands of West Virgina.
Consider that the good news of the week because things could get worse on Tuesday and Wednesday, says Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt:
On Sunday, milder, moist air overrunning a wedge of cold air banked against the mountains at the surface may trigger some light precipitation, likely rain or drizzle. Some locations, mainly along and west of the Blue Ridge, may still be 32 degrees or colder as the rain falls, resulting in some spotty freezing rain. A winter weather advisory has been posted for this potential. Though it looks meager, there may be some icy spots in higher elevations and shady rural roads. More widespread rain will develop during the afternoon and evening, when most locations will be above freezing.
A much more forceful surge of Gulf of Mexico moisture will be lifted over our region late Tuesday into Wednesday. In the big picture, this is the start of a milder, rainier period over the next week or two. But in its opening phase, high pressure to the north will be banking cold air southward along the Appalachians.
If we survive that, things should be less intense with more rain than anything else for the remainder of the week, assuming the forecasts don’t change.