HIDE Special Weather Statement issued March 24 at 2:56PM EDT by NWS Blacksburg
... Moderate to heavier snow bands will continue through 5 pm...
Snow will persist through the afternoon, with occasional bands of
moderate to heavy snow, falling from southern West Virginia, south
through the New River Valley and Mountain Empire, to the North
Carolina High Country. Some sleet may also occur across the North
Carolina mountains into far Southwest Virginia. During the heavier
bands, a quick inch or two of snow may accumulate in less than an
hour, causing low visibility and poor driving conditions. Those
traveling along I-81 from Roanoke to Bristol, or I-77 south of
Beckley to Dobson, NC need to be aware of poor driving conditions
and watch for possible slowed or stopped vehicles. Drivers should
allow extra time to reach their destination.
HIDE Winter Storm Warning issued March 24 at 11:19AM EDT until March 25 at 12:00PM EDT by NWS Blacksburg
...Winter Storm Expected This Weekend...
.A fast moving low pressure system will slide southeast out of
the Midwest and into the Tennessee Valley later today before
passing offshore the Carolinas by early Sunday. Precipitation, in
the form of snow, will overspread the area starting early this
morning and then continue into tonight and early Sunday. The snow
will change to a mix of freezing rain and sleet west of
interstate 77 later today. There will be a narrow corridor where
the precipitation remains all snow. At this time it appears the
corridor of heavy wet snow will bisect our region from the
northwest, impacting southern West Virginia from Bluefield into
the western New River Valley of Virginia...and possibly spilling
into the Roanoke Valley, and the Virginia Blue Ridge west of
Rocky Mount and Martinsville. Snow amounts of 4 to 8 inches or
more are expected within this corridor.
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT SUNDAY...
* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation ongoing. Light to moderate
intensity snow will continue before changing to sleet, freezing
rain and then cold rain by afternoon. Rain will change back to
sleet or freezing rain later tonight. Total snow accumulations
of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 9 inches, and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.
* WHERE...In Virginia, Grayson County. In North Carolina, Ashe,
Alleghany NC and Watauga Counties.
* WHEN...Until noon EDT Sunday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be
prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.
Directions: From exit 73 on I-40 at Old Fort, NC turn onto Catawba Falls Road, traveling about 3 miles to end of road. Trail head is on left across an old bridge. Hike 1.3 miles to base of first falls and .2 miles to second falls. Dangerous climb to second falls.