Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:08PM
The Spring Equinox began today at 12:15PM EDT. Old Man Winter didn't get the memo. Rain for this evening but as colder air moves in tonight, rain changes to snow. A decent accumulation of snow is expected through tomorrow, especially in the higher elevations and locations north of Roanoke. Snow will change to rain or mix in with rain tomorrow afternoon which will limit accumulations across the valley locations. For details about snow accumulations, see our Welcome to Spring Snow Totals graphic. The remainder of the week remains cold. Welcome to Spring time in Western Virginia.
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Hi: 50 Lo: 31
Cloudy; Rain redeveloping this afternoon. Changing to snow overnight; Turing colder tonight; NE wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 37 Lo: 26
Cloudy; Snow in the morning; Changing to rain/snow mix in the afternoon; Cold; NW wind 15-20 mph
Hi: 43 Lo: 27
Partly sunny; Cold; NW wind 15-25 mph w/ gusts to 40
Hi: 45 Lo: 30
Partly cloudy; A step in the right direction temp-wise
Hi: 46 Lo: 38
Mostly cloudy; Showers late; Cool
Sunday - Mostly cloudy; Showers ending; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 30s
Monday - Mostly cloudy; Becoming partly cloudy Monday night; Cool; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 30s
An upper level low pressure systems enters later today from the west. As the upper low moves across the region, showers will redevelop late this afternoon and into the overnight. Colder air pulled down from the NW will allow for a change from rain to snow during the overnight. Snowfall accumulations of 1-4" are likely across southern Virginia, with 4-7" for far western Virginia and for points north of Roanoke.
Snow showers will continue on Wednesday, especially across the higher elevations. Valley locations should see morning snow showers change to rain showers as temperatures warm just enough to warrant the changeover. Either way, Wednesday is cold.
Thursday, we make a slow climb back to March normalcy as high pressure moves east across the Eastern U. S. Thursday has decreasing clouds and rather cold temperatures. Friday is one step milder, but clouds increase late.
The next front from the northwest move through Saturday night. Saturday has lots of clouds and a few light showers by the afternoon. Temperatures will be another step milder. After early clouds and a few showers Sunday morning, we'll have a little more sun by late Sunday afternoon.
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