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Weather Authority Alert Day issued for winter storm January 6-7, 2024

UPDATE – 11:00 A.M. THURSDAY

There are no startling changes in the data nor our line of thinking for Saturday.

This update is to set some expectations for the upcoming storm. See the graphic below, and read the sections below for more on the timing and totals.

We're helping you set expectations for Saturday's storm.

We’re helping you set expectations for Saturday’s storm.

That said, it would be best to stay off the roads through at least midday Saturday if at all possible.

Here's a look at what we expect from the roads during Saturday's storm.

Here’s a look at what we expect from the roads during Saturday’s storm.

UPDATE – 3:30 A.M. THURSDAY

We’re now at the point in which forecast data has become more detailed, meaning we can show hour-by-hour projections of Saturday’s winter storm.

We start the day out with the worst of the storm – ice and snow to the north. As the day progresses, ice and rain will continue before shifting east of the area around/prior to sunset Saturday.

FutureTracker from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday shows the evolution of our storm.

FutureTracker from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday shows the evolution of our storm.

If you’re looking for a widespread snowstorm, this storm likely won’t be it. Warmer air above the surface is infiltrating the system, leading to more of a mixed bag event.

Keep reading to see our projected ice and snow totals for Saturday’s storm.

UPDATE – 3:15 P.M. WEDNESDAY

We are releasing our first-call ice and snow maps for the winter storm that comes on Saturday. Understand that these may be tweaked in the coming days. Everything below this section is still relevant.

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Warm air above us will likely lead to ice spreading from south to north Saturday morning into the afternoon. Any place that sees 0.25″ of ice will be vulnerable to potential power outages Saturday morning into the early afternoon hours.

Here are the projected ice accumulations for Saturday's storm.

Here are the projected ice accumulations for Saturday’s storm.

A difference of a degree or two above could lead to snow or sleet too, meaning light accumulations could still happen south of I-64. The better chance of accumulating snow and sleet will be along and north of that point.

Snow and sleet stands a better chance of accumulating near and north of Interstate 64.

Snow and sleet stands a better chance of accumulating near and north of Interstate 64.

UPDATE – 11 A.M. WEDNESDAY

10 News has issued a Weather Authority Alert Day for a winter storm that moves in Saturday, January 6.

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A storm with a lot of moisture will be riding up the East Coast, giving us the chance for accumulations of snow, ice and rain.

A winter storm brings the chance for accumulating snow, ice and rain Saturday.

A winter storm brings the chance for accumulating snow, ice and rain Saturday.

The location of each will depend on the exact placement of the storm.

Recent forecast data has shown the track of the storm going farther north, meaning that the greater potential for snow will be north of the Roanoke Valley.

The storm that moves through Saturday mostly brings ice and rain. Snow is forecast mostly north of the Roanoke Valley.

The storm that moves through Saturday mostly brings ice and rain. Snow is forecast mostly north of the Roanoke Valley.

While the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley may see a brief period of snow Saturday morning, we’re more concerned about ice before changing to rain during the evening.

This graph shows the estimated evolution of precipitation types across all five of our zones Saturday.

This graph shows the estimated evolution of precipitation types across all five of our zones Saturday.

Either way, we’re looking at canceled plans and hazardous road conditions.

The snow and/or ice could contribute to power outages, especially for those of us that see a quarter of an inch of ice or more.

This graph shows the estimated evolution of precipitation types across all five of our zones Saturday.

This graph shows the estimated evolution of precipitation types across all five of our zones Saturday.


Source: WSLS News 10

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