WEST JEFFERSON-Your Valentine’s Day is going to be cold. Really cold.
The National Weather Service said a deep Polar low has settled across the eastern United States – conditions that will likely remain in place until early next week.
“Disturbances rotating through the upper low will reinforce the cold air mass, significantly over the weekend and also enhance snowfall at times,” according to a forecast published by the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg, VA, office. “A potentially more significant storm looms for early next week.”
Here’s what you need to know.
- It’ll be very cold today with upslope snow continuing across the Alleghanys of eastern West Virginia as well as into the mountain of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina, and several inches of additional snow accumulation are possible. The NWS said winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect in those areas.
- An Alberta Clipper is expected to move through the region Friday and bring a period of snowfall to the region. The most likely areas to receive an additional 1-3 inches of snow will extend from southwest Virgina east-southeastward across central Virginia and northwest North Carolina.
- A bitter cold Arctic air mass will settle over the region for the weekend. That means temperatures by Sunday morning will drop below zero in the western mountains, and wind chills will range from -20 to -25 below zero in the western areas to around 5 above in the Piedmont.