UPDATE Saturday 9:23am – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has downgraded the Winter Storm Warning to a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, which is in effect from 7 PM EST this evening to 11 AM EDT Sunday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled. Snow amounts are expected to be less than previously forecast.
Accumulations…1 to 3 inches with up to 4 inches possible along the higher mountain ridges.
UPDATE Friday 2:54pm – The Winter Storm Watch is now a Winter Storm Warning from 7pm Saturday until 11am Sunday.
Accumulations of 3-6 are still possible according to the National Weather Service. Travel will be impacted.
UPDATE Friday 7:50am – A Wind Advisory is in effect until 9pm tonight. Gusts up to 50 mph possible.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday night until Sunday morning. The National Weather Services now says that up to 6 inches may be possible in some locations. Travel overnight Saturday and into Sunday is expected to be impacted.
Thursday March 9, 2017 – After a week of high temperatures in the 50s and 60s it will be snow, high winds and much colder temperatures as the weather story for the weekend.
Rain changing to snow on Friday will begin the abrupt change in the weather. Higher elevations could see the change over taking place on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. High winds will also be a major issue for Friday, with gusts up to 50 mph possible a Wind Advisory may be issued. Temperatures are forecast to fall from the 40s into the 30s on Friday afternoon.
The best chance for accumulating snow is forecast Saturday night into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Though the exact track of the snow continues to remain uncertain, as of Thursday afternoon, there is still the possibility of snowfall totals reaching 2-4 inches across the High Country.
The more winter-like temperatures are currently forecast to remain through much of next week.
WataugaOnline.com will continue to update as the snowfall track and forecast totals change as the system gets closer to the High Country.