Today will be cloudy and chilly with a chance of some drizzle. Temps will be steady or slowly drop. For most of the region, temps will be mid to upper 30's by late evening. Rain and sleet move in from the south after midnight. Temps fall to and then below freezing. Rain will quicly mix with and then change to sleet, and then freezing rain will mix in. By mid morning most areas should be all freezing rain, with rain southside and then end as rain. The western regions will have some snow showers over night Thursday.
I expect most schools to be closed tomorrow. Road won't be horrible but they pretty much close for everything. Some places like Lexington and Covington may see 3-4 inches of sleet while Roanoke, Blacksburg and Lynchburg will see closer to an inch. Southside will have a trace and some ice but not a big deal.
I've attached a map from the NWS to show current watches and advisories and my call on ice/sleet.
|I expect all the Blue areas to be upgrade to warnings, basically everyone along and west of the Blue Ridge|
|Decent sleet accumulations north and west of Roanoke and Lynchburg. They may never get above freezing some of those regions. Anything south and east of the blue line will see some sleet and freezing rain but only trace amounts.|
FWIW, pattern looks pretty amped the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing my blog with your friends and family :)