A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for eastern Raleigh, eastern Fayette, Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe and Mercer counties until 7 AM Saturday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Tazewell county until 10 PM Friday.
An Areal Flood Watch has been issued for Pocahontas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming and McDowell counties. It will be in effect from late Saturday night through 7 AM Monday. We will have to keep a very close eyes on streams, creeks and rivers throughout the weekend.
This evening will bring additional rain and sleet. We could even see some plain old snow mix in as well. Overall the precipitation will be lighter than it was during the afternoon. Temperatures tonight will fall into the mid 30s and we start to see more rain build in as we get closer to the 2 or 3 AM hour.
Accumulation looks minimal. Our in house model is showing one to two inches of snow east of I-77, keep in mind this does not take into account melting. When this initially starts it is going to be too warm on the surface for a lot of this to stick. When all is said and done, we could see up to an inch and mainly on grassy surfaces. This is not a major snow event.
Saturday we take another shot at the 50s across the low elevations while the mountains get stuck a bit cooler as a rain maker makes it way through. For most once again just some plain old rain. The odd chance of some mixing depending on the time of day, whether very early on or past sunset does remain in the mountains.
A small risk of flooding is in place for Saturday as by Saturday most areas will have seen 1-2″ of rain with more on the way. This is an early indication as we’ve been saying that those in flood prone areas should be prepared.
Sunday a fairly similar story plays out as another wave of low pressure rides up a stalled frontal boundary. Most end up back in the 50s and near 60 degrees. Rain looks to be heavy at times and could push some already swollen water ways to their breaking point. A small risk of flooding is in place as a result. By Monday afternoon some spots could see in excess of 2 inches of rain.
Monday the rain continues but likely only for the morning hours before slowly drying out for the remainder of the day. Clouds are likely to stick around though even after the rain comes to an end. We’ll still have to watch the creeks, streams and rivers as they can often have a bit of a delayed response to heavy rains. Rain totals look to be in the range of 2-4 inches for most. The highest totals are likely to be in the west across the coal fields.
Tuesday looks drier with high pressure muscling the rain out of the area. We’ll have the chance to see some sun, but it will be cooler as our approaching high is coming out of the north. But, after 4 days of rain who can complain, at least the sun will be out.
Another round of showers is possible for Wednesday but for now chances are low. Otherwise fairly cloudy weather should be expected to remain. Temperatures near average in the mid 40s will hold on but it certainly won’t be as warm as it has been.
Thursday looks to be dry. Highs will make their way to the 50s with some more sun possible through the clouds.
In the extended forecast more storms are showing strong signals for popping their head in. Especially now since we’re in March which is a transition month between winter and spring it will be a bit harder to grab cold air for wintry precipitation but it is not out of the question so don’t put away the snow shovels JUST yet.
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Unsettled with rain and a rain/snow mix to the east. Lows in the 30s.
Still unsettled. Heavy rain possible early. Highs in the 50s.
Heavy rain likely. Highs in the 50s and low 60s.
Looking unsettled but drying by the evening. Highs in the 40s.
Drying out. Highs in the 40s.
Shower chances dropping, but still possible. Highs in the low 40s.
Still dry with highs in the 50s.
Late night rain/snow possible. Highs in the 40s.
Early rain. Otherwise nice. Highs in the 40s.
Quiet. Highs in the 40s.