The National Weather Service originally issed a winter weather advisory, with predictions of 2 to 3 inches of snow in Floyd and Franklin Counties, starting at 4 p.m. Friday for a 24-hour period.
Then it started snowing the county by 9:30 a.m. EST and the and the advisory remains in place under 4 p.m. Saturday.
Friday evening hours are now expected to create potential hazardous driving conditions.
Floyd County public schools closed before noon and athletic events scheduled for the high schools Friday evening are cancelled or postponed. For Saturday, the varsity track invitation at Heritage High School is postponed until a later undetermined date as well as a wrestling invitation match at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County. We will keep an eye on alerts, cancellations and weather conditions.
Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt writes:
“Generally, locations to the south and east of Roanoke will have a better chance of seeing significant snowfall on Friday into early Saturday, though some of the forecast guidance has shifted considerably west with the snow potential over the past 24 hours, and the Roanoke and New River valleys are at least on the cusp of getting a fairly decent early December snowfall if a couple of things click just right (or wrong, depending on your perspective of snow). An inch or two of wet snow, mostly on grass and exposed objects, seems reasonable for Roanoke and New River valleys.”
The announcement from NWS in Blacksburg:
… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY… * WHAT… SNOW. ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES. * WHERE… THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA PIEDMONT, FLOYD AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES. * WHEN… THROUGH 4 PM EST SATURDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… ANY ACCUMULATION DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS FRIDAY WILL BE LIMITED TO GRASSY, ELEVATED SURFACES. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO STICK TO PAVEMENT AND ASPHALT SURFACES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT, LASTING INTO SATURDAY. DRIVE VERY CAUTIOUSLY IF TRAVELING THIS EVENING IN THE ADVISORY AREA, AND BE PREPARED TO ENCOUNTER SLIPPERY UNTREATED ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.
(Updated at 1:55 a.m. Friday.)