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Timing of moisture key for Sunday snow prospects
03 February 2018, 02:03 | Damon Campbell
A quiet Saturday, snow on the way Sunday
Cold air advecting into the backside of a rain shield rarely produces significant snow in the Roanoke Valley and east of the Blue Ridge, due to the downslope drying effects of westerly winds descending the mountain ridges. Highs will reach the low-mid 40s with a southerly wind component as a low pressure system starts to strengthen to our west. Snow showers and cloud cover should arrive late Saturday night, which could put down a light coating of snow.
In the latest forecast Thursday, the weather service said there's a possibility for "a brief period of rain or snow or even sleet" Sunday morning after 8 a.m. Scattered light snow is possible through the evening, but most areas will see less than an inch.
Precipitation is expected to start as rain, the weather service said, but colder air is expected to moves in behind that front.
Saturday Night: Rain, mainly after 2 a.m. Increasing clouds, with a temperature rising to around 30 by 4am.
Tonight the low will dip to around 12, with wind chill values as low as minus 2. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Saturday, a chance of snow showers before 7 a.m, then a chance of snow after 1 p.m. Precipitation is predicted to begin as snow in the early-morning hours Sunday across the North Carolina mountains and extreme northwest SC. Night: Cloudy with 60 per cent chance of flurries.
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More precipitation is possible Sunday - but mostly in the form of rain, not snow, according to Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst.
Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 42.
"We expect temperatures to drop to minus double figures on Sunday night with -10C (14F) or just below likely in parts and lows of between -3C (26.6F) and -6C (21.2F) likely more widely". Low around 50. Southeast wind 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Because of the variance, the weather service is not confident in predicting precipitation for the weekend.
Today: Mostly sunny with a high near 27 degrees.
Friday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Tonight, mostly clear, with a low around 15.
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