Just hours after seeing temperatures in the 60s, Southwest Virginia residents are now poised to see the weather outside their windows take a sharp cold turn as Friday turns into Saturday.
According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will cross through the region this evening. Rain will fall in advance of the front. In the western mountains rain will briefly change to freezing rain and sleet then to all snow. Minor snow and ice accumulations are expected. Wet roads will freeze as temperatures drop back well below freezing.
In anticipation of the wintry mix, a winter weather advisory has been issued for much of the Southwest Virginia region from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Motorists should expect slippery roads and hazardous travel as rain this evening will freeze through the night.
In addition to the freezing temperatures, which are expected by 5 a.m. Saturday, gusty northwest winds will result in wind chills in the teens by Saturday morning.
Residents should use caution when traveling.
Share this article with your friends on Facebook: