6:00 a.m. Update – Students hoping for a long weekend due to school cancellation today are in for a disappointment. The National Weather Service’s prediction for two inches of snow last night (with a 90% forecast probability at one point yesterday) blew through without a flake. What little moisture the storm carried evaporated before ever reaching the ground leaving Clarke County dry but very cold.
The next few days will see some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter. The National Weather Service has revised its temperature forecast downward for the next three days. Temps will fall throughout before reaching a daytime low of 19 degrees. Tonight will see low temperatures around 8 – 10 degrees throughout the area. Overnight low’s will stay very cold on Saturday and Sunday night before beginning to moderate on Monday.
Friday’s Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind between 17 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
Tonight’s forecast for Clarke County calls for snow mainly before 3am with a low temperature of 24 degrees and easterly winds around 10 mph switching to westerly by morning. The chance of precipitation tonight is 80% with an overnight snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Temperatures will plummet across the region behind the weather front with Friday night’s low temperature falling to near 11 degrees. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will only climb to the low 20’s during the day before falling to 16 degrees Sunday evening.
Temperatures on Monday will moderate to the high 20’s just in time for another possible shot of snow.
Clarke County commuters have had a particularly difficult week on Route 7 crossing the Blue Ridge and tomorrow morning will likely deliver more of the same. Drivers should allow extra time for tomorrow’s commute and keep driving speeds at safe levels.
Thursday 8:00 PM EST Forecast Update: The National Weather Service has revised its forecast for the Northern Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains: Rain and snow likely before midnight, then snow. Low around 27. South wind 9 to 17 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.