ASHE COUNTY-Forecasters based in the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg, VA, office said Ashe and surrounding counties in southwestern Virginia will remain under a winter storm watch through Feb. 11.
Phil Hysell, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the agency is “monitoring the potential for snow in the mountains and foothills today, then much colder temperatures area-wide with prolonged accumulating snows for the western slopes through Thursday.”
Expect light snow today, mixing with and – in some areas – changing to rain today that will arrive later this morning and continue into mid-afternoon. Hysell said one inch of accumulation is possible in the mountains, with 1-2” expected in the higher elevations of northwestern North Carolina and southwest West Virginia, as well as far southwest Virginia.
“A second, much stronger cold front moves through tonight, bringing blustery northwest winds, much colder temperatures and a prolonged period of up-slope snow showers through at least Thursday,” Hysell said. “Several inches of snow accumulation over a long period is expected for the western slopes of southeast West Virginia, southwest Virginia and the mountains of North Carolina.”
Hysell said “dangerously cold wind chill values” will blanket the region Wednesday and Thursday mornings, with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour in the mountains Tuesday through Thursday, with peak gusts likely coming on Thursday.
The Jefferson Post will update as further details become available.