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Rain changing to snow tonight, cold and windy into Thursday

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Snow will continue on and off through the overnight hours and into early Thursday. It will be getting WINDY behind the departing front. Sustained winds in the 15-30 MPH range will be possible, especially for those south of HWY 460. Gusts up to 50MPH could occur overnight and into the day Thursday.

A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Bland, Tazewell, Giles and Wythe counties until 7PM Thursday. See advisory here

As the system departs our area tonight, colder air will rush in, and temps will eventually drop into the 20s. Rain will gradually mix with snow by 7-8PM, completely changing to snow overnight. At first, the snow may not stick with the warmer ground, but road conditions could deteriorate overnight and into early Thursday as temps fall below freezing, and rain-water on the roads turns to BLACK ICE. Please be careful!

Thursday will bring a few snow showers during the morning (lingering longest north of the I-64 corridor). In general, we are expecting an inch or two of snow across the higher elevations of our western facing slopes. Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially at higher elevations above 3,000 feet (like Burke's Garden, VA or Flat Top, WV). Much higher amounts (3-6"+) could fall north of the I-64 corridor across parts of northern Fayette, Western Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties. Those east of I-77 can mainly expect trace amounts, with an 1" at max across the higher terrain. Thursday will be windy and cold with highs only in the upper 20s/low 30s. Snow should wind down through the morning, lasting the longest north of I-64.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Western Greenbrier, Fayette, and southeast Raleigh counties. See advisory here

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Summers, Mercer and Tazewell counties. See advisory here

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for Pocahontas county. See advisory here

We will stay chilly into Friday, with additional light/minor snow showers as a weak clipper system pushes through the area. Highs Friday and Saturday will be in the upper 20s/low 30s, while lows will be in the teens and 20s. We look to moderate in temperature again (back into the 40s and 50s) by the beginning of next week. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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