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Wintry mix changing to rain on Saturday, getting gusty again

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A system nearing our area from the west will bring increasing cloud cover Friday night. Most will stay dry, but a spotty/isolated wintry mix of rain/ice and a few snowflakes may pop up in some spots. We'll otherwise just be getting breezy with lows overnight in the upper 20s and low 30s.

By late morning on Saturday, more significant precipitation will be moving into the area. Along and east of I-77, and especially north of I-64, a wintry mix of rain and ice looks likely, at least for a few hours during the late morning on Saturday and into the early afternoon. While ice accumulations look very minor (generally a .10" or less) slick spots could develop on back/side streets, and on bridges and overpasses. West of I-77, especially across the coal fields, most will see plain rain as warmer air will be present. Any wintry mix will change over to all rain by late Saturday afternoon, and rain eventually tapers into Saturday night.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR GREENBRIER, SUMMERS, MONROE, GILES, WYTHE, BLAND AND TAZEWELL COUNTIES from 5AM to 7PM Saturday. See advisory here

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR POCAHONTAS COUNTY from 5AM to 7PM Saturday. See advisory here

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEAST RALEIGH AND SOUTHEAST FAYETTE COUNTIES FROM 5AM TO 1PM SATURDAY. See advisory here

Late Saturday night and into early Sunday, we could see a few snowflakes flying around, but only trace amounts are expected along our most of our western facing slopes. An inch of snow or a little more could fall across Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties, however.

BLACK ICE could still be an issue Saturday night-Sunday morning for the entire area due to frozen rain-water. Be careful! Lows Saturday night will fall into the 20s.

It will be very WINDY at times this weekend as well. Throughout the day Saturday, and into Saturday night, gusts could occasionally be in the 40-50mph range, which will be danger to high profile vehicles. Power outages may also result. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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