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Morning rain changes to snow

Published On: Mar 05 2015 12:00:00 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 11:02:07 AM EST

UPDATE: Precipitation has transitioned to all snow in the mountains of West Virginia. Areas along and north of I-64 are experiencing light snow with the heaviest snow located near the West Virginia border. Snow sticking to the roads in places like Covington and Lewisburg.

RAIN AMOUNTS: The rain continues to fall along and east of I-81 this morning. Since yesterday evening, rainfall amounts have ranged between .75" to over 1.50" in places. The most rain fell across Tazewell county. Rain on top of lingering snow and the saturated ground will lead to localized flooding issues.  The Greenbrier River and Upper James River will need to be monitored closely.

FLOODING ISSUES: Currently, the James River at Buchanan is at an action flood stage with the crest of the river reaching 15.2 feet late this evening. The Roanoke River in Salem is an action flood stage reaching 5.4 feet. The Clinch River near Richlands may approach moderate flood stage reaching 12.29 feet at the crest. Other creeks and streams that will see minor flooding is Craig Creek at Craig, Johns Creek at New Castle, Wolf Creek at Narrows, and Dunlap Creek in Covington.

RAIN TO SNOW

Cold air will filter in behind the cold front this morning. The remaining moisture will transition to snow and sleet along the Blue Ridge Thursday afternoon. Snow has a chance to make it into the Piedmont later this afternoon.

Based on our forecast we could see anywhere from a coating to as much as 2-4" across most areas, with higher amounts toward the Highlands and I-64 corridor of 4" to 8".  See image gallery above for timing and possible rain and snow amounts.

THIS WEEKEND

The weather appears to settle down by the weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies along with highs in the upper 30s Friday, but warming to near 50° by Saturday and Sunday.

"SPRING FORWARD" THIS WEEKEND
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