The higher elevations of North Carolina and Virginia are looking at their first round of winter precip in a long while. Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for the areas in pink with Winter Weather Advisories in the areas outlined in purple. Snowfall will be highly dependent on the elevation, since lower elevations still have warm ground temperatures. All forecast model images are from HazWx Interactive Weather Mapping Site
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM FRIDAY TO 8 PM SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM FRIDAY TO 8 PM SATURDAY. * EVENT...SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 4 AND 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED FOR MOST LOCATIONS ABOVE 2500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT OR MORE WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHEST PEAKS ABOVE 5000 FEET. ELEVATIONS BELOW 2500 FEET SHOULD RECEIVE BETWEEN 1 AND 4 INCHES. * TIMING...RAIN WILL INITIALLY CHANGE TO SNOW FRIDAY EVENING OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS...WITH THE SNOW LEVEL LOWERING DOWN INTO VALLEY LOCATIONS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW SHOWERS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY ACROSS HIGHER ELEVATIONS...BEFORE DIMINISHING SATURDAY EVENING. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO BECOME HAZARDOUS ON ROADS ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND EAST TENNESSEE. DOWNED TREES WILL BE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE SNOW ACCUMULATING ON FOLIAGE STILL LEFT ON MANY TREES. TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED.