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Winds subside Sunday; More sunshine & mild

Published On: Jan 23 2015 12:00:00 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 24 2015 07:01:51 PM EST

Give ice another full day to melt. Winds subside overnight with lows falling below 30 degrees. The second half of the weekend features partly sunny skies and warmer temperatures in the upper 40s.

A thin layer of ice was recorded overnight in several hometowns. The National Weather Service reports a Trace - .20" of ice accumulation last night due to freezing rain.

Many hometowns in the New River Valley and Highlands did not warm enough to melt all the ice on trees and power lines. The combination of gusty winds tonight and ice may result in downed tree limbs and sporadic power outages.

The remainder of the weekend will be dry. Winds diminish and afternoon temperatures will rise into the upper 40s and low 50s. Clouds gradually move in a clipper dives toward the Mid Atlantic. Rain showers arrive overnight as lows fall into the mid 30s.

WINTRY POTENTIAL MONDAY

A clipper system originating from Canada will have limited moisture by the time it reaches Virginia. At this point, models indicate light rain showers transitioning to snow and sleet early Monday. Light flurries and sleet pellets may make it east of the Blue Ridge while most of the accumulating snow will fall across Northern Virginia and the Alleghany Highlands. Overall, 1"-2" of snow is possible along and north the I-64 corridor.

The rest of the week features cool temperatures near 40° under a blend of sun and clouds. Although the storm on Monday doesn't look too promising for snow lovers, a second potential for wintry weather comes Friday. This will be something to keep an eye on as well.