Ready for snow & ice? It’s coming Tuesday

Quick, harsh one-day storm to remind us this is winter.

Snow and “some sleet” are forecast to hit the area Tuesday morning with a “winter weather advisory” running from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, projecting¬† a mixture of 1-3 inches of snow and sleet.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg calls this a “quick round of snow” blowing in Tuesday morning before tapering off in the afternoon on a line that runs from Boone, North Carolina, to the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas of Virginia.

Forecasts call for a high Monday around 46 degrees, overnight low down to the mid 20s, then high of 39 Tuesday with a low of 39 before a sunny Wednesday with a high of 44.

Be prepared. Winter has arrived but it doesn’t plan to stick around long if the forecasts are correct.

Action Recommended: Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions

Issued by: Roanoke/Blacksburg – VA, US, National Weather Service,

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM EST TUESDAY… * WHAT…Mostly snow, but some sleet expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. * WHERE…Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Virginia and southeast West Virginia. * WHEN…From 7 AM to 4 PM EST Tuesday. * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and afternoon commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. Untreated roads and walkways will become snow and sleet covered and thus hazardous. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

More Information

…Accumulating Snow Likely on Tuesday… .A vigorous upper-level disturbance will move across the region Tuesday, moving east of the forecast area by Tuesday evening. This disturbance will combine with ample moisture and below freezing temperatures Tuesday morning to bring a quick round of snow to the area beginning in the west just before daybreak spreading into the eastern areas by mid to late morning, then tapering off from the west during the afternoon. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be possible generally along and northwest of a line from Boone, to Hillsville, to Roanoke, to Lynchburg. South of this line, mixed winter precipitation of sleet and snow is expected with total accumulations of winter precipitation expected to be less than 1 inch before the precipitation mixes with and changes to rain during the late morning and early afternoon. Isolated 4 inch snow totals will be possible near the North Carolina/Tennessee/Virginia border from Boone to Whitetop, as well as in West Virginia from Flat Top to Rainelle and Quinwood.

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