The National Weather Service is calling for a winter storm to impact our area this weekend and into Monday. Low pressure will track from the southwest U.S. to the Gulf Coast states through Saturday while cold high pressure builds across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. This low will then move off the southeast coast Sunday into Monday. With the colder air in place, a prolonged period of snow is expected, starting as early as Saturday night, and lasting into Monday. Based on the forecast track, the heaviest snow is expected to occur across southern Virginia, into northwest North Carolina.

A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for our area at midnight Saturday night and remains until 11 AM Monday morning. A total of 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected with higher amounts possible. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Power outages may occur. We will have updates as this event gets closer.

The latest forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow after 1 AM Saturday night. A 100 percent chance of 4 to 8 inches of snow Sunday. An 80 percent chance of more snow Sunday night. A 30 percent chance of snow, mixing with rain after 11 AM and then gradually ending. Intellicast is predicting between 11 and 17 inches of snow accumulation for Martinsville and Henry County.