Cold Front Arrives by Early Afternoon, Rain Ends as Snow in the Mountains

An Arctic cold front will move through the area today. Rain ahead of the front will work into the mountains by noon, crossing the rest of the area through 5 p.m. Temps will fall enough behind the front for rain to change to sleet then snow, mainly in the mountains west of Roanoke. Models came in warmer overnight, holding the cold air back a bit.
We will clear out this evening east of the mountains but clouds and snow showers will remain in the mountains. Winds will gust to 20-35 mph tonight into Saturday.
Saturday may start sunny for many, but the upper low and it’s moisture and instability will be moving in from the west during the day. Mountain flurries will intensify into heavier snow showers and snow squalls. A snow squall is a quick, localized area of heavy snow with very low visibility and gusty winds. It’s essentially a winter thunderstorm.
Clouds and sun along with moderating temps into next week. I’m watching subtle signs of a system for next Wednesday into Thursday.

-Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

Meteorologist Jamey Singleton