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Winter Weather Leaves a Coating of Snow, Ice for Most

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Forecast for 8 a.m. today. Forecast for 8 a.m. today.

Update: 2:30 p.m.

From ABC 13 Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases:

Following our departing storm system that brought a wintry mix to the region early this morning, skies have begun to partially clear for the Piedmont areas. 

The rest of this afternoon brings partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 40s. A few flurries or brief snow showers remain for our western counties. Breezes have begun to pick up out of the west at 10-20mph, with some areas already gusting to 30mph. We will continue to experience gusty winds through the night and into Sunday morning. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Carroll, Floyd, Patrick, and Grayson counties where gusts may reach 45mph at times.

Sunday is mostly sunny, breezy, and chilly with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. After a quiet New Years Eve Day, another weak system may bring cold rain for the first day or two of the New Year. 

*As temperatures drop below freezing tonight, any wet roads may become slick!*

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Update: 6:20 a.m.

From ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton:

It wasn't your typical winter storm. Overall, a weaker and faster system moved through the area Friday Night into early Saturday morning.

Reports into ABC 13 indicate freezing rain and ice in the far west, and into the New River Valley areas so far Saturday morning.

Sleet has 0been a bigger issue for the greater Roanoke Valley, while wet snow was enough to coat the ground from Altavista to Lynchburg.

While the system will be over with by noon, one final batch of wintry mix will likely cross the area around 8 a.m to 9 a.m.

Regardless of amounts, it only takes a coating of ice and/or snow to make for dangerous travel, so be advised of slick spots on area roadways this morning.

For the very latest, click on the ABC 13 Weather Center link. 

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Update Friday 11 p.m.:

From Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases:

A weak winter storm is moving through our region overnight, bringing a wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow.

The precipitation will be spreading from southwest to northeast through the course of the night. Although in some spots it may begin as rain, a transition to snow is expected for at least a few hours in most places.

A widespread 1" to 3" will be found in the mountains. Our western counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory through 4PM Saturday.

Lynchburg, Bedford, and Roanoke can expect a coating to an inch of accumulation; some isolated surrounding areas may see up to 2". Danville and Charlotte Court House will see mainly rain, but a brief coating of snow remains possible in some spots very early. Halifax and South Boston will see mainly rain. 

For the Piedmont areas, most snow accumulation will take place leading up to sunrise, then a transition to rain for most of the morning may occur. If you don't look fast enough you may miss it- this snow will not be sticking around long! Nevertheless, be advised you may encounter slick roads if you plan to travel early Saturday morning, especially in those areas under the Winter Weather Advisory.

The storm moves out quickly, so that some clearing will take shape for the afternoon. It will be breezy and cool with highs in the 40s. 

Update Friday 4 p.m.:

From Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases:

A weak winter storm will be moving into our region overnight Friday bringing a light mix of rain and snow.

The precipitation looks to begin around midnight in our western counties, spreading from southwest to northeast through the course of the night. Although in some spots it may begin as rain, a transition to snow is expected for at least a few hours in most places.

A widespread 1" to 3" will be found in the mountains, with up to 4" possible for some of the Alleghany Highlands. Our western counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 9 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Lynchburg, Bedford, and Roanoke can expect a coating to 2" of accumulations. Danville and Charlotte Court House will see mainly rain, but a brief coating of snow remains possible in some spots. Halifax and South Boston will see mainly rain.

For the Piedmont areas, most snow accumulation will take place leading up to sunrise, and a transition to rain for the mid-morning may occur, making for a slushy mess in some areas. Be advised you may encounter slick roads if you plan to travel early Saturday morning.

The storm moves out quickly, so that some clearing will take shape for the afternoon. It will be breezy and cool with highs in the 40s.

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From Meteorologist Matt Ferguson:

A weak storm system arrives mainly overnight Friday. The precipitation will be a mix of snow, sleet and rain.

The wintry mix will move out by midday Saturday, with late day breaks of sun. Overnight lows near 30, highs in the lower 40s.

In the mountains, it will be mostly snow and accumulations will range from 2 to 3 inches. In Central Virginia anticipate a mix of snow and sleet with some rain. Totals around 1 inch and up to 2 inches in some spots.

Southside will see rain mixed with snow and sleet. Accumulation up to a coating is possible.

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