Strong winter storm to impact the region tonight through early Sunday.
A strong winter storm is expected to bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the region tonight through Saturday night. The Heaviest snowfall will likely occur along Southwest Virginia, the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and the Cumberland Plateau. With the highest amounts occurring along the highest terrain. In addition, ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible in areas mainly north of Interstate 40.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 PM EST /noon cst/ Friday to 7 PM EST /6 PM cst/ Saturday.
- Event: rain will move into the area on and transition to snow Friday afternoon and evening. During this transition places could experience a wintry mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain. And snow. By Friday evening snow will become the dominant precipitation type. Snowfall amounts between 3 to 5 inches will be possible, with a few locally higher amounts.
- Timing: Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.
- Impacts: The heavy snow will cause dangerous driving conditions. Especially on secondary roads. During the peak of the storm, many these roads will likely become extremely treacherous. Travel is strongly discouraged, unless it is absolutely Necessary!.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. In addition. Snowfall intensities will be heavy enough to substantially reduce visibilities at times. Travel is discouraged. If travel is unavoidable, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.