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Oh no, say it ain’t snow: Winter grip continues

Predictions have changed. While some may have been hopeful for spring-like weather on the way with forecasts of sunshine on Saturday, it looks as if area residents will have to first endure another night of wintry weather. 

What had previously been forecasted as rain on the way has since changed to possible freezing rain, sleet and snow. 

The National Weather Service has issued another winter weather advisory in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. 

The advisory was issued for locations mainly south of the Roanoke River in Virginia and into North Carolina as well as along the Blue Ridge, south of Floyd. 

The hazardous weather of freezing rain with a sleet and snow mix is expected to accumulate to one-tenth of an inch or less of ice or less of snow and sleet. 

The first signs of the wintry weather were predicted to fall by 9 p.m. Thursday and into midday Friday. 

The impacts of ice, snow and sleet will create hazardous traveling conditions for motorists who are warned to look out for slick spots especially on bridges and overpasses. 

Winds also will bring a chill reaching 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. 

Thursday the National Weather Service predicted temperatures to drop to 30 degrees with a 100 percent chance of rain and freezing rain falling throughout the night.  

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s to lower 30s early Friday morning. 

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures should increase to 45 degrees Friday as the day progresses turning the ice to rain before temperatures drop back down to around 32 degrees that evening. 

County residents can still be hopeful for sunshine in time for the weekend. 

Saturday should be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching 65 degrees, and the sunshine should continue on Sunday with temperatures reaching 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

It looks as if by Monday everyone could see even warmer temperatures with the National Weather Service predicting a high of 70 degrees.  

Spring could be on the way after all.