A Winter Storm Warning goes in effect at midnight tonight and remains until 11 AM Monday. Low pressure will track from Texas, across the Gulf Coast states through today while cold high pressure builds south across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The 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 tonight, and lasting into Monday. Some mix of sleet may occur across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina as well. Based on the forecast track, the heaviest snow is expected to occur across northwest North Carolina into southern Virginia. Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 12 inches over portions of south central, southwest and west central Virginia and north central North Carolina. Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
The forecast for Martinsville calls for a 30 percent chance of snow after 3 AM. 100 percent chance of snow Sunday with an accumulation of 6 to 10 inches. 60 percent chance of snow and sleet Sunday night with an additional accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Monday there is a 30 percent chance of snow up until 10 AM, then rain and snow between 10 AM and 11 AM and all rain after 11 AM. Rain ends Monday afternoon becoming cloudy and sunshine returns on Tuesday. Total snow accumulation for the event is predicted to be 7 to 13 inches according to the National Weather Service and 9 to 15 inches according to Intellicast.