Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast
Updated On: Dec 07 2013 06:49:42 AM CST
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY SUNDAY 4AM THROUGH MIDNIGHT FOR SMYTH AND TAZEWELL COUNTIES IN SW VA
WINTER STORM WARNING SUNDAY 4AM THROUGH MIDNIGHT FOR ASHE, AND WATAUGA COUNTIES IN NC AND GRAYSON COUNTY IN SW VA
AN ICE STORM WARNING FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH 8PM SUNDAY
RAIN WILL RETURN TO THE TRI-CITIES TONIGHT AND SUNDAY, WITH SOME FREEZING RAIN/SLEET POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY NORTH AND EAST OF THE TRI-CITIES
Today: Slight chance of a morning rain or snow shower. Colder. Highs 40-47. North wind 5-15 mph.
Tonight: Light rain or light freezing rain developing, mainly after midnight. Some sleet may mix in over the higher elevations. Lows 30-37.
Sunday: Rain likely, some freezing continuing for the NC Mountains and adjacent counties of southwest Virginia. Highs 42-47. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Sunday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy skies. Lows 38-43. Light wind.
Some patchy drizzle may linger into the early part of Saturday. Colder air will spread into the Tri-Cities this weekend. Today will be mostly dry after a chance for wet weather early. Another wave of moisture will arrive in the Tri-Cities tonight into Sunday bringing more wet weather for the second half of the weekend.
Cold enough air will be in place for the rain to begin as freezing rain(sleet?) over the mountains of North Carolina and into parts of southwest Virginia. A brief period of sleet or snow may also occur over the northern counties of southwest Virginia. By late tomorrow afternoon, temperatures should be above freezing everywhere allowing for just rain (except near the Blue Ridge where temperatures may struggle to get above freezing).
The rainy weather will likely continue into Monday. As a strong cold front sweeps across the southern Appalachian region Monday night, colder air will be ushered into the Tri-Cities. Rain showers may mix with or change to snow showers Monday night and Tuesday before ending.
Rainfall totals tomorrow through Monday night will likely be in the 1" to 2" range, with locally heavier totals possible.
The main danger we need to alert you to over the next few days is the possibility of heavy rainfall. The StormTrack 5 weather team will track any flood threat closely and bring you any alerts that may become necessary. The ice storm threat for areas near Wytheville, VA to near Newland, NC Sunday will continue to be monitored.
Highs will be much colder this weekend through Friday of next week, with temperatures topping out in the 40s today and Sunday, lower 50s Monday, and the middle to upper 40s Tuesday through Saturday. Lows will drop into the 30s to low 40s tonight through Monday night, and upper 10s to lower 20s Tuesday and Wednesday night.
You can always get the latest weather alerts, forecasts, and radar on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 50°, normal low 29°.
Meteorologist Kaitlin Penfold