What we don’t need: More snow

Yes, we could see this moving into the area late Friday night and into Saturday.

Snow, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg predicts, should start falling around 12:45 p.m. Thursday and could accumulate about an inch before blowing off somewhere else.

Another day of snow. Starting to sound a lot like another day of rain last spring, summer and fall. Whatever Mother Nature decides to drop on us comes falling from the sky

The snowfall doesn’t even merit a special “winter storm warning” for Thursday. That storm, which The Weather Channel calls “Harper” but is not named by NWS, is currently forecast to bring heavy snow along the Virginia-West Virginia border with rain falling on most of Southwestern Virginia, including Floyd County, on Sunday.

Roanoke Times weather guru Kevin Myatt describes what is coming Thursday as:

A fast-moving, somewhat disorganized but fairly vigorous upper-level disturbance passing through will push precipitation from west to east across our region Thursday afternoon and evening. This precipitation may encounter enough cold air to fall as snow in much of the area, especially north and west of Roanoke and in higher elevations. Rain or sleet may fall, or be mixed with the snow, in lower elevations and to the east and southeast of Roanoke, depending on a narrow range of temperature outcome in the layers above the surface.

While NWS says about an inch is expected, Myatt says “no more than two” in the more snow-prone areas. The storm, if it starts on time, could send school buses bringing children home early Thursday and may cancel or postpone some evening events,

‘Most of the talk about snow from the weather folks, however, does not concern Thursday’s deposit of an inch or so but the approaching weekend dump of white stuff that is expected to swirl across the Midwest and into the Northeast in a predicted pattern that might or might not hit us here in Southwestern Virginia.

Of course, forecasts, as they often do, can change and what is currently be projected as rain could be worse.

We will keep watching as we head into a weekend of brisk, mostly-cold weather. The high today for our county is expected to be around 34 degrees with an overnight low of 31.

Friday, however, could reach 45 with clouds and some sun, then rain on Saturday with a high of 39 and into Sunday with a high, again, of 45.

Biting winter cold is projected for Sunday overnight with a low of about eight degrees by Monday, with a high of just 24 beore dipping back down to 15 early Tuesday morning.

Call it winter or bad hair day for Mother Nature. Bundle up and stay warm and dry, if possible.

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