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Winter Outlook: Ice, Sleet Chances Higher this Year, Windy & Mild

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

laninaIt's always fun writing about something you know people are going to like and share because they are so excited about it. In all of my years of forecasting, nothing has generated more buzz on social media and in the public than talk of a major snow. Maybe that's why we always hear how "bad" every winter is supposed to be, according to "them".

"They say..."

WHO says?

I've always wondered that.

As I look ahead to this winter, it's hard to ignore the La Nina in place. The cooling of water in the eastern Pacific is the sister of the more popular El Nino. If weather patterns were Brady Bunch characters, La Nina would certainly be Jan; kinda boring and plain compared to other more eventful winters in our area.

The La Nina pattern in the winter favors a stronger Polar Jet to our north, with a very weak, almost nonexistent southern jet to our south. Most of the major snows and winter storms stay north of our area, but we get the temperature swings beneath them.

It's not uncommon during La Nina winters to see very mild stretches for weeks, with cold front after cold front from the west zipping by us with very strong winds. 

With the gulf closed for business, the only snow we usually see occurs on the western slopes of the higher mountains in West Virginia and the Highlands and Mountain Empire. The ski resorts should do very well this year.

As far as getting snow to fall across the rest of the area, we still have hope. 

Every La Nina is different. This winter's should be fairly weak. That would allow other weather oscillations to "buckle" the jet stream and force it south toward the gulf. The blocking that results from the other patterns is what allows for our classic snow storms during the winter months. 

There's also a chance La Nina could weaken late in the winter. Remember, we can get big snows, even in March! 

Overall, though, I expect snowfall to be below the normal yearly total of 23" in the Roanoke area. 

I believe we will see warm, mild periods fight cold outbreaks. 

In between, I'm more concerned for freezing rain and sleet events as warm Pacific air fights any cold air left behind by several cold fronts this winter.

Time will tell, though. Remember long-range forecasts are far from perfect. There's no reason not to have the shovels and sleds ready.

As always, I will have updates all winter long.

Things have a way of changing when it comes to weather, so stay tuned. 

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Franklin Co. Woman Hit by Stray Bullet in Roanoke While Driving

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

40074925-fantastic-bullet-wallpapersROANOKE – A Glade Hill woman was struck in the face by a stray bullet Saturday afternoon in Roanoke, investigators say.

Roanoke City Police say the 42-year-old woman was on Cove Road at 4 p.m. when they received a shots fired call. The vehicle the woman was driving had been struck by a bullet.

Facebook photos posted by the victim show impact to the windshield and to the woman’s upper lip.

The woman was treated at the scene by Roanoke Fire-EMS and declined transport to the hospital.

Witnesses interviewed at the scene told police a white SUV fired shots at a gold Chevy Malibu near Cove Road and Fairhope Road, NW close to where the victim was driving. Neither vehicle stopped, investigators say.

The Chevy Malibu was later found by police in the 4700 block of Oakcliff Drive Sunday with bullet holes, police say.

No arrests have been made. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call 540-344-8500.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Stay with Cable 12 for more updates.

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Michael McDonald, Blues Traveler Coming to the Harvester in Rocky Mount in February

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BluesTraveler-460x305ROCKY MOUNT - Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald and popular 90s band Blues Traveler will be performing in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center in February, the venue announced today.

Known for his distinct voice and keyboard skills, Micheal McDonald's hits span four decades, including "I Keep Forgettin'" and "Sweet Freedom".

McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1976 and continued playing with the band through 1982, producing such hits as "It Keeps You Running",  "Takin' It to the Streets", and "What a Fool Believes".

The show will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8 p.m. Ticket sales start on November 9. 

As part of their 30th Anniversary Tour, Blues Traveler will stop in Rocky Mount on February 20, 2018. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Known for 90's hits, "Run Around" and "Hook", among others, the harmonica-based rock band saw Billboard Top 10 success throughout the mid 90s. 

Ticket prices have not been announced as of this writing. Call 540-484-8277 for more information.