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Winds calming into Friday; rain, snow, and ice possible by Saturday

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A WIND ADVISORY will remain in effect for Monroe, Greenbrier, Giles, Wythe, and Bland counties until 12 AM Friday. Winds in these areas will continue to be strong through the first part of tonight, with gusts up to 50mph possible. With the wet ground, isolated tree damage/power outages may still result. There will remain a blow-over risk due to crosswinds for high profile vehicles on the road this evening. Be careful! We'll otherwise be partly cloudy and colder with lows in the upper teens to mid 20s. A few snow showers/flurries may pop up across Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties before the night is over.

Friday will bring lighter winds and plenty of sun. We'll experience chilly high temperatures tomorrow, in the upper 30s/low 40s. Clouds will increase into Friday night, and a strong frontal system will be on our door step by Saturday morning. Especially along and east of I-77, we look to see a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain for a few hours Saturday morning, eventually changing to all rain during the late afternoon. West of I-77 (especially across the coal fields), warmer air will be present, so just plain rain is more likely. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to mid 30s early, climbing into the 40s by Saturday afternoon. Because of the ice, slick areas could develop early Saturday in some spots, especially on bridges/overpasses and untreated side roads. Road conditions should improve by Saturday afternoon as temps rise.

There may be enough moisture for a few snow showers at the higher elevations late Saturday night-early Sunday morning. Temperatures wil drop into the 20s again Saturday night, so BLACK ICE due to re-freezing rain-water could be possible through early Sunday. No significant snow accumulations are expected for most of the area, but an inch or two could fall across Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties Saturday night-Sunday.

The other main issue into this weekend will be the WIND. It will get very gusty, with cold northwesterly flow likely Saturday night into early Sunday. Wind Advisories will likely be issued at some point again this weekend, as gusts may be over 45-50 mph at times. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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