Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Snow in the Forecast, Little Accumulation Expected

Snow in the Forecast, Little Accumulation Expected

It's been a cold start to the weekend with near record morning temperatures Saturday. This will likely cause additional snow and sleet to develop across western Virginia, with some locations again possibly getting some light accumulations.

Clouds kept us a bit warmer than expected this morning, but it was still chilly in the upper 30s to low 40s at sunrise. Increasing clouds, with a low around 27. Tonight a weak system will bring in snow showers to the area. Fortunately we dodged a bullet this go around, and this storm system is tracking so far south and east that the precipitation is staying well south and east of our area.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Temperatures will moderate closer to near seasonable temperatures in the low 50s.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 39. We will need to watch for a changeover from rain to sleet/snow by late afternoon and evening as the temperatures drop. Expect an overnight low around 50 degrees. Our in-house forecast model does indicate a slight chance of a mountaintop flurry, otherwise, we are dry overnight.

First Alert Weather: Changes for the weekend as a system moves in
Throughout today southerly winds will increase along with moisture, and there is a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures ahead of the front stays warm in the mid 70s with cooler conditions by Saturday afternoon and into Sunday .

Tuesday should be the start of a warming trend with mostly sunny skies, a high near 44 and northwest winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour. Winds will start off light and variable. Spring-like temperatures return on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon still listed a 10 percent chance of up to 3 inches of snow in its "winter weather" package, it was becoming more unlikely that local road departments will be sending out the plows.

In Madison on Sunday it was a cold 15 degrees at 5:53 a.m., with increasing clouds, a high near 39 and calm winds becoming southeast winds around 5 miles per hour forecast by the Weather Service. Brief snow showers make a return to the region, as the blast of cold Canadian air continues to make it's way into the area. We'll rule that scenario out at the moment since it is a big outlier, but it can't be completely ignored and we might have to change the forecast with time.

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