For some in Southwest Virginia (SWVA), flakes could be seen coming down as an upslope-enhanced event churned out moisture for the area. Those on the western fringe of the appalachains recieved snow that was more substantial, while those east of the western-facing apps recieved remnant moisture that spilled over, producing spotty snow showers with little to no accumulation. Sunday will feature something more widespread, with a clipper system diving down from the north. Clipper systems typically don't carry an abundance of moisture, with a coating to 3 inches being the norm pertaining to snowfall. From what I've seen, this particular clipper system doesn't look too impressive, which leads me to believe that the event will be more of a "coating to 1 inch" snow rather than a "1 to 3 inch" snow. Clipper systems are certainly more potent in SWVA than up-slope snow events. However one thing remains the same, and that's the fact that the western-facing apps sap up much of the moisture. This leads to certain localities having more snow than others.
Overall, expect some flakes Sunday afternoon/evening, followed by a calm Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will be chilly, with highs topping out in the upper 30's on Sunday, lower 30's on Monday, and 40's on Tuesday.
Looking a bit further ahead, there is the potential for a storm of a more hefty variety, and possibly wintry, for the February 4th-7th time frame. We'll have more of a clear picture as we draw closer towards this period. Right now we just need to be certian that the storm(s) will exist in the first place.
To conclude, this is my first weather post for Liveweatherblogs, and I am excited to have the opportunity to provide weather information to the public. I will try to improve as time progresses, and perhaps be able to access more advanced tools that will aid my forecasting. As always I will keep you updated on the latest developments regarding wintry weather.
Until next time
-Robert Gillespy IV-