A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 PM Thursday and a flood watch is in effect through Thursday evening for our region. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg is calling for a wintry mix tonight into Thursday. Low pressure over the Gulf Coast will track across the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas tonight before merging into a deeper system off the Mid Atlantic coast Friday. At the same time, the cold high pressure will wedge south into our area keeping surface temperatures at or below freezing. This will result in a threat of mainly freezing rain, sleet, and possibly some snow tonight into Thursday. Total sleet and snow and ice accumulations of less than one inch are expected for Martinsville and Henry County. A few roads could become slick. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Another round of moderate to heavy rain may produce flooding. Precipitation amounts of one to two inches will be possible tonight through Thursday. That combined with already saturated soils and elevated streams and
river levels may lead to flooding.
In the forecast – Rain tonight, changing over to freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet before daybreak Thursday, low around 32. The freezing rain and possible sleet will return to all rain by 8 AM Thursday and wind gusts could kick up to 23 mph. Look of a high near 36. There is a chance of rain and snow early Thursday night changing over to rain and gradually clearing by daybreak Friday. Overnight low around 33. Friday will be sunny with a high near 50.