Snow has arrived. Stay in and stay warm

Early in the snowfall on Friday afternoon.
We’re dreaming of a white “before Christmas” or is it a nightmare?

Yes, it is snowing outside and accumulations now are forecast up to 18 inches in some areas with at least eight in other parts of our county.

This could change because each new forecast brings higher accumulations expected and more dire warnings in this storm named “Diego.”

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

National Weather Service view of our area at 9:48 a.m. today.

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST MONDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches. * WHERE…Portions of south central, southwest Virginia and north central North Carolina. * WHEN…Until 11 AM EST Monday, with the heaviest snowfall through this evening. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on snow covered, slippery road conditions. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Blowing and drifting snow is expected at higher elevations. 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 public is encouraged to report snowfall amounts or damage to the National Weather Service via email at rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov… through Facebook or Twitter…or by calling 1…8 6 6…2 1 5… 4 3 2 4. Pictures are greatly appreciated. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&

More Information

…Winter Storm will Bring Heavy Snow Today… .Low pressure tracks from the Gulf Coast this morning to off the Georgia coast this afternoon, then lifts northeast off the North Carolina coast this evening. Cold high pressure covers the Ohio the Mid-Atlantic region during this time. A prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow is expected across the region, with the heaviest across southern Virginia into western North Carolina.

Latest update from Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt:

Bands of heavy snow with visibilities dropping under 1/4 mile at times are lifting north from North Carolina into Southwest Virginia. These bands contain snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Snow totals have already topped 10 inches in parts of northwest North Carolina and are in the 6-8 range just across the state line in Virginia, with 2+ inches near Roanoke and the leading edge of accumulating snow near I-64. Widespread amounts of 10 or more inches continue to appear likely at least as far north as Roanoke and possibly another 15-30 miles northward, and some locations especially near the North Carolina line may approach or even exceed 20 inches. This particular early December snow event appears as if it will max out its potential in our region, possibly rivaling the Dec. 18-19 storm of 9 years ago.

Temperature at 9:45 a.m. today was 21 degrees.

If you are planning to venture into town, try calling your destination before leaving home.  Hardees closed at 11 a.m. Sunday.  The Floyd Country Store is closed. So is Blue Ridge Cafe.

Developing story.  We will update as more information comes in.

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