The wintry wind returns as snow hits our western slopes on Friday

ROANOKE, VA. – The same system that brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to the area Thursday night will be responsible for gusty winds and colder air on Friday.

Wind gusts of 25-35 mph will be common, so it might not be a bad idea to weigh down/bring any lightweight items like trash cans, hanging baskets, or basketball nets.

Wind forecast for Friday, 13.01.2023

This wind comes from the northwest, taking moisture from the Great Lakes in the process and carrying it up into the mountains. This is great news for ski resorts like Snowsho ahead of a big ski weekend.

Accumulation of snow is forecast until Saturday, January 14, 2023

While some of us may see some snow or short-lived patches of rain/sleet, the bulk of the accumulation will be on the western slopes and possibly the western parts of Grayson, White and Bland counties. We cannot rule out very minor accumulation in some areas of Carroll, Floyd and Giles counties.

Temperatures remain in the 30s in the mountains and 40s/up to 50s elsewhere.

Zone planner for Friday, 01/13/2023

If the wind continues overnight, the wind chill will decrease.

It won’t be as dangerously cold as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but Saturday morning will be uncomfortable at times.

Primarily wind chill Saturday morning 01/14/2023

On Saturday, the maximum will reach 30-40 degrees. We get off to a calmer start on Sunday with temperatures around 20 degrees. Highs mostly reach the 50s.

High temperature on the weekend of January 14 and 15, 2023

Our next rain on Tuesday comes from another system off the coast. Most of what we see happens in the morning before afternoon highs reach the 50s and 60s.

Rain is expected late next Monday night into next Tuesday morning

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