Storm Team 11 Forecast:
Meteorologist Victoria Cavaliere here!
Here is the latest update on the winter storm expected to make its way into our area this weekend.
Winter Storm Watches and Winter Storm Warnings have now been issued for the majority of our area. These go into effect late Saturday night and extend through Monday. Those areas under the Winter Storm Warning have the best opportunity to see heavy snowfall accumulations of 8″ or more. Those areas under the Winter Storm Watch are the areas we are closely monitoring for moderate to heavy snowfall of generally 4″ or more.
Notice how our in-house model continues to delay the onset of this system. Moisture does not look to approach the area until about midnight on Sunday. This will most likely begin as a wintry mix, especially in the Tri-Cities before transitioning to snow.
Temperature readings Sunday stay cold in the 30s. Where that rain/snow line sets up and how much sleet/freezing rain we see will impact our snow totals greatly. If the Tri-Cities sees a longer period of sleet and freezing rain, our snow totals will be lower.
As of the latest data, this is what snowfall totals are looking like. Note that these will continue to change as we get closer to the event. One area that has changed is parts of Southwest Virginia. Although heavy snowfall totals were expected there yesterday, this morning’s model runs are simply not as confident that all the moisture will reach some of our northern counties like Dickenson and Buchanan. We will continue to track this carefully.
Here is a look at the 7-Day forecast.
Source : Google