A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect and will remain until 11 AM Monday. The warning area includes north-central North Carolina, south-central Virginia, southwest Virginia and west-central Virginia. At 4:14 AM this morning, the National Weather Service issued this Urgent Winter Weather Message: A Winter Storm will bring snow heavy at times today. Low pressure tracks from the Gulf Coast this morning to off the Georgia coast this afternoon then lifts northeast off the North Carolina coast this evening. Cold high pressure covers the Ohio and Mid-Atlantic region during this time. A prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow is expected across the region, with the heaviest across southern Virginia into western North Carolina. Accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Plan on snow covered roads. Blowing and drifting snow is expected at higher elevations.
The forecast for Martinsville calls for 100 percent chance of heavy snow today along with wind gusts up to 24 mph. 9-13 inches are expected. 90 percent chance of sleet up until 3 AM, then a decreasing chance of sleet and snow after that. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. 20 percent chance of snow and sleet until 9 AM Monday, then tapering off and becoming cloudy by 10 AM. Cloudy Monday night with a low of 18 degrees. Sun returns on Tuesday. The National Weather Service predicts Martinsville will get 10 to 15 inches of snow for this weather event. Intellicast has us at 13 plus.