UPDATE: Snow and Sleet Making for a Messy AM Commute
UPDATE: 7:05 a.m.
Lynchburg, VA - As expected, a band of wintry weather is pushing through the ABC 13 viewing area this morning, bringing with it rain, freezing rain, sleet and even moderate to heavy snow in spots.
The event will not last very long and will generally be over with by noon.
Still, the moisture is falling at the coldest part of the day, around sunrise, when roadways and bridges can get slick fast.
While amounts are expected around a coating to 1-2", there are some heavy bands on radar that could drop heavier amounts, especially in the mountains before ending later this morning.
Temperatures are falling as the moisture sets in this morning, but will rise well into the 40s later this afternoon as the system pulls away.
In the meantime, drive safely to work or school. It doesn't take a lot of moisture to make roadways slick. Allow extra time to get to your destination.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the NRV, the Roanoke Valley and the Highlands this morning through 10 a.m.
Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.
Lynchburg, VA - A solid area of rain is moving east out of Tennessee and Kentucky and will cross our area from sunrise into the morning commute Tuesday. While the system is rain now, dry air at the surface will help to cool the air enough for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain for many areas Tuesday Morning.
Not everyone will see the wintry weather, but motorists should be extra careful on bridges and overpasses. The window to watch for will be from 4:30 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. This is not a fully developed storm system... still it will have enough old air associated with it for some wintry weather for at least a couple of hours Tuesday, before conditions warm up enough for just rain.
While temperatures will be a little warm, the low humidity will help "chill" the rain drops, forming areas of sleet and snow.
The system will be a fast-mover, and we expect the system to be our of our hair by lunchtime, with sun even breaking out for the afternoon. The main concern is the AM rush, especially on country roads. Check out the temperatures before you step out the door and allow for extra time to get where you are going. Remember it only takes a little ice for dangerous driving.
The fast speed of the system combined with the limited about of cold air will keep any accumulations low, but 1-2" can't be ruled out, especially in the mountains.
Still, the morning commute Tuesday may be tricky for many, especially on bridges.
Again, while Tuesday's system is not likely to produce such extreme amounts, cold ground combined with sleet and some snow may make for tricky travel early Tuesday. Remember, it doesn't take a lot of moisture to make for dangerous travel once it falls.
A Winter Weather Advisory continues for the Allegheny Highlands, the Roanoke Valley, and the New River Valley for Tuesday for the chance for hazardous travel during the morning commute tomorrow.
Yet another system may bring a wintry or icy mix to the area by Friday of this week. More on that system later Tuesday as new computer model information comes in.