UPDATE: High Winds and Cold Temps on the Way
UPDATE 10:09 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - High winds and cold temperatures are now moving in from the northwest. Wind gusts will continue to increase overnight into Friday morning.
Gusts over 40-50 mph have already been reported in the highest elevations of southwest Virginia and NW North Carolina.
Upslope snow showers will continue in the NRV.
UPDATE: 6:05 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - The rain will be mixing with sleet and snow as it moves east. The high winds are expected after midnight into Friday morning.
Roads could become slick tonight as colder air creates areas of black ice.
Lynchburg, VA - High winds and cold weather is on the way tonight into Friday.
A High Wind Warning is up from 9 p.m. until Noon for all of the New River Valley, including Roanoke, Salem, and Vinton for winds over 50-60 mph later tonight.
A Wind Advisory covers the foothills including Henry, Patrick, Franklin, Bedford, Botetourt, Rockbridge and Amherst Counties for wind gusts over 50 mph.
Rain is falling over most of the ABC 13 Viewing Area, with a few reports of sleet and mixed precipitation scattered across the area.
The storm system is coming from the west, however, and isn't expected to produce much in the way of wintry weather.
Instead, cold temperatures will rush in tonight just as the moisture is leaving. There is still a chance that some of the moisture could end as some snow tonight, especially in the mountains.
The rest of the area will be prone to black ice as the wet ground quickly freezes overnight.
The cold combined with the wind will drop wind chills to 0 to 10 above tonight and Friday morning.
The winds could be strong enough to knock power out across parts of the area late tonight into Friday.
Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect for tonight through Friday morning for western sections. Winds gust to 55mph in the mountains and up to 45mph elsewhere.
Today a strong cold front brings areas of rain late morning into this afternoon. The rain could be mixed with some sleet. This evening the rain departs, ending as snow showers in the mountains and some flurries possible across the rest of the region. Overnight and into Friday morning high winds develop. Expect 35 to 45mph wind gusts and up to 55mph winds in higher elevations. Some power outages are possible.
Frigid air is here tomorrow through early Saturday. Temperatures only top out near 30 Friday afternoon. Lows fall into the 10s and 0s Saturday morning. Our weekend remains chilly and rain showers develop by late Sunday. The precipitation could be mixed with ice or snow Sunday night. Another Arctic cold front moves through Monday. Afternoon temperatures only manage the upper 20s Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.