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Rain returns today, blustery and bitter temperatures are in store for Sunday

Rain returns today with the possibility of a wintry mix of freezing rain and light snow in some spots

 

Cloudy skies have taken over, and rain is expected this afternoon and into the overnight hours due to a passing cold front. The rain will be moderate to heavy at times and anywhere from .75 to 1.25” is possible to fall. In the Highlands and northern sections of the Roanoke Valley, a mix of light rain, drizzle, freezing rain, and snow is possible overnight. Heavier rainfall is slated for Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Once this front moves through, the next issue at hand is the freezing temperatures behind the front.  The rain will be ahead of a cold front that is being pushed by arctic air.  The temperature profile is likely to go from the mid to low 40s Sunday morning to the teens Sunday night.  The potential for the water on the ground to freeze and generate some black ice on area roadways is real, so we need to be aware of the road conditions after the rain and into the cold.  As we transition to the cold some light snow is possible, especially in the mountains, but that will not be a major impact on the Commonwealth.

The wind is another concern as we head into Sunday. Wind gusts are expected to reach as high as 45 mph, which will cause problems for high profile vehicles. Wind chill values will be low, causing it to feel like it's below zero in some spots. Power outages are also possible for tomorrow. The ground is still saturated and trees with shallow root systems could uproot –  possibly hitting power lines.  

For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, temperatures are expected to be below-freezing across Southwest Virginia. Highs only in the 20s. Most schools are closed for the holiday, but it is still recommended that you bundle up in layers if you're planning to be outside. While Monday's overnight lows will be in the teens once again, temperatures are expected to warm up into the upper 30s Tuesday. Weather-wise, Tuesday and Wednesday are looking rather calm. However another system will be making its way into the region Thursday, so continue to stay up to date with WFXR.

 

Meteorologist Kara Thompson

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