Updated Wednesday, November 14 – A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect starting at 7 pm.
Freezing rain and sleet. Total sleet accumulations of up to two inches. Ice accumulations up to one half of an inch.
* WHERE…Roanoke and New River Valleys west to the Mountain
empire area and south into the mountains of northwestern North Carolina.
* WHEN…This evening through Thursday afternoon.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph at higher elevations will bring down trees limbs and power lines already weighed down with ice. The hazardous conditions could impact travel for the evening commute today and the morning commute Thursday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued both a Winter Storm Watch and a Flood Watch for Wednesday and Thursday for the High Country.
The Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 7 pm Wednesday until 1 pm Thursday afternoon. NWS says that light to moderate icing is likely, with total ice accumulations of a quarter to six tenths of an inch possible.
Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice, NWS adds. Although road surfaces will be warm, some slick spots could occur, NWS cautions.
The Flood Watch is in effect from 7 pm Wednesday until 7 pm Thursday. NWS says, “1 to 2 inches of rain on already saturated soils, and with some rivers still elevated, could lead to more flooding, Wednesday
night through Thursday.”
Flooding of streams, and creeks, along with main stem rivers may flood.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.