'Plowable' snow possible Monday into Tuesday

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

The storm will arrive Monday evening with light snow initially, but the steadier and heavier snow will arrive Tuesday morning, tapering off Tuesday afternoon.

Tomorrow's high is close to seasonable at 54 degrees. The chance for more than three inches of accumulation Monday into Tuesday is 36 percent while the chance for less than an inch of snowfall accumulation is 10 percent, according to AccuWeather.

The Winter Storm Watch goes into effect Monday evening and is in effect through Tuesday evening, which means the morning commute Tuesday could be hard. Locally heavier amounts are possible, in higher elevations and where locally more intense bands set up.

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This system has been hard to track, so snow totals are still preliminary but a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of SW Virginia and along the TN/NC mountains extending through Monday afternoon. The dynamic forces of the system will still likely get snow to the surface, but a low of 33-34 rather than 30-32 would reduce accumulating ability in any given area. With the snow of relatively "wet" nature, there would be heightened concern of tree damage and power outages if snow of that nature occurs. Confidence is increasing that another coastal low could bring accumulating snow to the region late Monday night and into Tuesday.

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. "It is possible that we see 6-12" (or more) of snow with this storm. Then, there's a chance of rain showers.

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