The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, has issued a winter storm warning for much of Western North Carolina as well as Southwest Virginia.
According to the National Weather Service, a wintry mix is expected tonight into Thursday, as surface temperatures will remain at or below freezing. This will result in a threat of freezing rain, sleet and snow tonight into Thursday.
Areas that should expect wintry precipitation include Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia, while the greatest areas are expected to be the mountains of North Carolina and Southwest Virginia, including the Virginia localities of Tazewell, Smyth, Bland, Giles, Wythe, Pulaski, Montgomery, Grayson, Carroll, Floyd, Roanoke, Patrick and Franklin.
The greatest fear is freezing rain and sleet, with total sleet accumulations expected to reach up to two inches and ice accumulations in the area of half an inch.
“Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice,” stated forecaseters from the National Weather Service, adding, “Wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph at higher elevations will bring down trees limbs and power lines already weighed down with ice. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact travel for the evening commute today and the morning commute Thursday.
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