Winter weather alert in Southwest NC, East TN, and Southwest VA
Published 3:46 pm Thursday, January 18, 2024
MORRISTOWN – The National Weather Service has issued both a Special Weather Statement and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for multiple regions spanning southwest North Carolina, east Tennessee, and southwest Virginia.
Dangerous Road Conditions Expected
Numerous roads across the Tennessee Valley and Southern Appalachians remain snow and ice-covered following a recent winter storm. Re-frozen melted snow and ice, especially on untreated secondary and rural roads, as well as bridges and overpasses, are creating dangerous road conditions. Black ice, difficult to detect and resulting in slick spots, is a major concern this morning. Motorists are urged to exercise caution, slow down, and remain alert. It is recommended to check local road conditions before traveling.
Today and Tonight
Re-freezing of untreated roads and surfaces is anticipated, leading to slick travel conditions this morning. Black ice poses a significant travel hazard, requiring motorists to reduce speed and use caution. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for tonight through Friday night, with freezing rain expected to cause light ice accumulations. The outlook for the following days includes the transition to snow on Friday, particularly in higher elevations of southwest Virginia and the East Tennessee mountains, leading to light snow accumulations. Very cold temperatures are forecasted for Friday night and the weekend, with single-digit lows and wind chills below zero at times.