Galax, Virginia Weather Conditions
Next 12 Hours
5 Day Forecast
- High: 70 °
- Low: 39 °
- Chance of Rain
- High: 46 °
- Low: 32 °
- Ice Pellets
- High: 36 °
- Low: 39 °
- Ice Pellets
- High: 54 °
- Low: 41 °
- Chance of Rain
- High: 46 °
- Low: 28 °
- Chance of Rain
Forecast for Galax, Virginia
Updated: 10:00 AM EST on December 06, 2013
Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Saturday night through late Sunday night...
Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 70F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Overcast with rain showers. Low of 39F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NW after midnight. Chance of rain 90%.
Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 46F. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Mostly cloudy with ice pellets and a chance of rain, then snow and rain after midnight. Low of 32F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.
Overcast with ice pellets and rain. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 100% with accumulations up to 3 in. possible.
Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 39F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 54F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.
Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 41F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 46F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Partly cloudy. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 19F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph.
Partly cloudy. High of 43F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Clear. High of 43F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Partly cloudy. High of 43F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy. Low of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 54F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 50F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.
Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.5 in. possible.
Overcast with a chance of snow. Fog early. High of 41F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 60%.
Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Severe Weather Alert Descriptions
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Saturday night through
late Sunday night...
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from 4:00 am Sunday through
4:00 am Monday.
* Locations... all of southwestern Virginia including
Roanoke... Lynchburg and Danville. Southeast West
Virginia... including Lewisburg and Bluefield. Northwest North
Carolina... including the surrounding areas of Boone... Mount
Airy and Reidsville.
* Hazard types... freezing rain. Some snow or sleet likely at the
* Accumulations... snow or sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch.
Upwards of 3 inches of snow in the Virginia and West Virginia
Highlands north of Roanoke. A quarter of an inch of ice
accumulation is expected areawide... with up to a half inch of
ice accumulating along the Blue Ridge.
* Timing... after midnight Saturday night in the North Carolina
high country... spreading north into Virginia and West Virginia
by daybreak Sunday. The precipitation will then continue through
Sunday and Sunday night.
* Impacts... ice will likely accumulate on trees and powerlines
causing power outages. Roads may also become slick and
hazardous... especially north of Roanoke where temperatures will
be colder and more snow and sleet will occur.
* Winds... east 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
* Temperatures... in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
Governor bob mcdonnell has declared the week December 1 to 7, 2013
as winter preparedness week in Virginia. The National Weather Service
in Blacksburg Virginia... in cooperation with the Virginia
department of emergency management... will send public information
statements over the NOAA weather wire service each day through
Saturday December 7th.
These statements will focus on different aspects of winter weather
and preparedness actions the public should take for the upcoming
Today's topic - winter preparedness at home
We think of our homes as the place we want to be when the weather
is nasty outside. However... if certain precautions are not taken
either before or during winter's wrath... life at home can be just as
miserable as the weather outside.
Severe winter storms can produce conditions which isolate you in
your home... sometimes for long periods. Prolonged loss of power
and telephone can severely limit the adequate heating of the home
or curtail your ability to call for help.
In severe winter storms... obtaining supplies of food and other
necessities can be hampered or prevented by poor Road conditions.
The following are some helpful hints to make the home a safe Haven
during severe winter weather:
Stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset
of a winter storm. Include foods which require no cooking such as
canned meats... Peanut butter and other non perishables. A three to
five day supply is generally sufficient.
Keep an adequate supply of heating fuel... including firewood...
in your home. Use your fuel... especially secondary sources...
sparingly as supplies may be in short order during significant
Keep on hand a flashlight... battery powered radio... extra
batteries and a first aid kit.
Use emergency heating equipment carefully. A wood burning
stove... fireplace or space heater may be your only single room heat
source should you lose your primary heating source.
Always safely operate portable electric generators outdoors
in a well ventilated location. Read the generator operations manual
thoroughly before using the generator.
Prevent water pipes from freezing by wrapping them in
insulation or newspaper covered with plastic. In severely cold
weather... let each faucet drip slightly to avoid freezing. Know how
to shut off your home's water supply.
If your pipes freeze... remove the insulation and wrap them with
rags. Open every faucet completely and pour hot water over the
Know the emergency escape routes from your home should a
fire start. Your life may depend on it!
Do not Cook (or heat your home) using a charcoal grill... gas grill
or Camp stove inside your house! Deadly Carbon monoxide fumes may
drift into your home even if you use a charcoal grill inside the
fireplace. In addition... using any of these inside greatly increases
the fire risk. Always use your charcoal grill... gas grill... or Camp
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be
obtained on-line through the Virginia department of emergency
management home Page at:
Personal Weather Stations
Personal Weather Stations [Add your weather station!]
Location: Taylorwoods Station, Galax, VA
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 62.9 °F||Dew Point: 62 °F||Humidity: 96%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.02 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: edmonds, Ennice, NC
Updated: 10:36 AM EST
|Temperature: 62.6 °F||Dew Point: 62 °F||Humidity: 98%||Wind: SW at 4.2 mph||Pressure: 29.88 in||Hourly Precipitation: -||Graphs|
Updated: 10:48 AM EST
|Temperature: 63.5 °F||Dew Point: 63 °F||Humidity: 98%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.01 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: High Country Lights, Ennice, NC
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 61.2 °F||Dew Point: 61 °F||Humidity: 99%||Wind: WSW at 15.0 mph||Pressure: 29.64 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Updated: 10:49 AM EST
|Temperature: 62.2 °F||Dew Point: 61 °F||Humidity: 97%||Wind: SW at 4.0 mph||Pressure: 29.79 in||Hourly Precipitation: -||Graphs|
Updated: 10:00 AM EST
|Temperature: 61 °F||Dew Point: 59 °F||Humidity: 92%||Wind: SSE at 7 mph||Pressure: 30.05 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: Terry N4RQ Hillsville, VA
Updated: 10:49 AM EST
|Temperature: 61.7 °F||Dew Point: 60 °F||Humidity: 93%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.11 in||Hourly Precipitation: -||Graphs|
Location: Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC
Updated: 10:49 AM EST
|Temperature: 66.0 °F||Dew Point: 65 °F||Humidity: 98%||Wind: West at 1.0 mph||Pressure: 29.95 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: JEFFERSON UNION, Wytheville, VA
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 59.0 °F||Dew Point: 58 °F||Humidity: 98%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.19 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: King's Weather Station, Wytheville, VA
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 58.0 °F||Dew Point: 58 °F||Humidity: 99%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.02 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.01 in||Graphs|
Location: rural, Laurel Springs, NC
Updated: 10:30 AM EST
|Temperature: 61.3 °F||Dew Point: 61 °F||Humidity: 100%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.02 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Updated: 10:17 AM EST
|Temperature: 65 °F||Dew Point: 63 °F||Humidity: 94%||Wind: WNW at 4 mph||Pressure: 30.29 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: N2UYB, Mt Airy, NC
Updated: 10:44 AM EST
|Temperature: 67.5 °F||Dew Point: 63 °F||Humidity: 86%||Wind: West at 2.2 mph||Pressure: 29.73 in||Hourly Precipitation: -||Graphs|
Location: KD4J, Mount Airy, NC
Updated: 10:45 AM EST
|Temperature: 65.8 °F||Dew Point: 60 °F||Humidity: 82%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 29.83 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: Mt. Airy, NC, Mt Airy, NC
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 65.0 °F||Dew Point: 65 °F||Humidity: 99%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.11 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: North Surry High School, Mount Airy, NC
Updated: 10:50 AM EST
|Temperature: 67.7 °F||Dew Point: 65 °F||Humidity: 90%||Wind: SSW at 3.0 mph||Pressure: 29.97 in||Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in||Graphs|
Location: Air Bellows Gap, Whitehead, NC
Updated: 10:41 AM EST
|Temperature: 59.5 °F||Dew Point: 60 °F||Humidity: 100%||Wind: Calm||Pressure: 30.00 in||Hourly Precipitation: -||Graphs|
MSN Maps of:
|Temp:||Dew Point:||Humidity||Wind||Pressure||Hr Precip||-|
NWS Forecaster Discussion
Area forecast discussion National Weather Service Blacksburg Virginia 1036 am EST Friday Dec 6 2013 Synopsis... a cold front moves across southeastern West Virginia today then crawls across Virginia tonight. Arctic high pressure well behind the front will wedge south along the mountains Saturday...before interacting with precipitation returning north by Sunday. Southwesterly flow returns Monday before a stronger cold front arrives Tuesday morning. Cold and dry high pressure returns by Tuesday night. && Near term /through tonight/... as of 1034 am EST Friday... youtube weather briefing posted and ice/snow map on web Page. As of 925 am EST Friday... Adjusted temperatures and dew points with observation and model trends. Cold front is slowly moving east across our region this morning and will be stall as a wave of low pressure lifts northeast along the boundary this afternoon into tonight. Increased probability of precipitation for this morning into this afternoon matching up with the band of convection moving east across kfcx WSR-88D scope this morning. Added isolated thunderstorms into this afternoon. No adjustments to winter headlines at this time. More changes later... As of 400 am EST Friday... Although the main body of rainfall will be slow to move east today...from time to time renegade showers well east of the front will develop in the very moist warm sector with decent isentropic lift. At this time...a quick moving slug of rain is entering northwest NC and will reach the New River valley in a few hours if it holds together. Shallow nature of the front edge of the Arctic air is already arriving across southeast West Virginia...with temperatures at lwb/blf headed down. However...really tricky temperature forecast there as the boundary gets pushed back west a tad with area of low pressure developing along the front and passing over the New River valley later today. Would think lwb/blf have reached their highs for today in the morning but lav guidance says no. Hard to see much temperature rise so will keep temperatures steady there today. Nice shot of winds thanks to the arrival of a low level jet streak as low pressure moves SW to NE right along the Blue Ridge late afternoon. Not out of the question that one of the stronger renegade showers is able to tap into these gusty winds aloft producing a 40 miles per hour gust as the showers race to the NE. Also can't rule out a rumble of thunder or two...as a few strikes were even observed a few hours ago just east of lyh. Main body of rainfall then is forced east finally this evening as ripples of low pressure Dart into PA/NY/NJ. As winds veer sharply this evening...downsloping may create the typical rain shadow with much less precipitation through the Roanoke and New River valleys as rain redevelops through the Piedmont and Southside late tonight. Again low level nature of the Arctic airmass makes p type quite tricky across the highest parts of southeast West Virginia late tonight. The saving Grace is that most of the precipitation will be gone. With moisture/quantitative precipitation forecast dwindling quickly behind the front...wouldn't expect much...although there could be a light mix of first freezing rain...then sleet and possibly snow just after sunrise Saturday above 3000 feet across southeast West Virginia. Generally have minor amounts of ice/sleet/snow but it is important to point out that this will not be the typical smooth transition from rain to snow as the precipitation cuts off in southeast West Virginia. && Short term /Saturday through Sunday night/... as of 530 am EST Friday... Winter Storm Watch in effect from 4am Sunday through 4am Monday. Models remain unchanged and very consistent from run to run. The only notable trend is that they are trending colder in terms of temperature profiles for Sunday. That being said and making only subtle changes to the grids...remain confident there will be significant wintry precipitation across our region Sunday. Details contained within previous forecast discussions remain valid so the remainder of this discussion will look very similar if you have been following along the past several days. Starting with Saturday...surface front will be south of the region with cold high pressure building into the area from the northwest. The surface high is of Arctic origin and is the one that has jackfrost working overtime across the northern plains and the intermountain west. By Sunday morning a piece of this anticyclone is expected to be centered over New York and Pennsylvania to the tune of 1036 mb. This is a classic position for cold air to channel down the east side of the Appalachians setting up a dam of cold air that will be hard to displace. By Sunday morning temperatures will have fallen close to freezing across our forecast area...but more importantly is the dewpoint which will have dipped into the lower 20s. This will promote wet bulb temperatures well below freezing. Looking aloft...conditions are a bit different...strong upper level trough remains over the central and western Continental U.S....the baroclinic zone along its eastern periphery and right over our part of the world. This will set stage for another wave of low pressure to develop along the baroclinic zone and move northeast within the eastern part of the upper trough. Warm moist air will get drawn northward...flowing overtop of the stalled front to our south...but more importantly overrunning the colder dome of high pressure which be in place across our region. Isentropic lift will result in the development of widespread precipitiation. Saturday as a whole looks dry...aside for some linger morning rain from Danville south and east. Guidance remains unchanged with deeper moisture getting pushed south of our region...the large Arctic high building in from the north. Could even have some clearing take place across our northern County Warning Area pending strength of the dry advection. As such...advertising a partly sunny Saturday afternoon for areas north of Route 460...blf-roa-lyh. Temperatures will be chilly with low level north/northwest flow promoting readings in the 30s west to 40s/near 50 far south. Main concern for wintry weather will come into play late Sat night into Sunday and perhaps lingering into Sunday night. Model guidance suggests onset of wintry precipitation will begin in the North Carolina high country after midnight Saturday night and then spread northward into Virginia and West Virginia by daybreak Sunday. Forecast soundings suggest the precipitation may begin as a period of sleet in norht Carolina and Southside Virginia...and beginning as a period of snow then sleet in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. As we transition through the day Sunday all of the precipitation changes over to freezing rain...which will then be the primary high impact meteor to contend with for the remainder of the event. With models indicating less of a warm nose aloft north of the Roanoke valley...potential is there for several inches of snow/sleet (1 to 3?) Before the change takes place to freezing rain Sunday afternoon. Farther south and east...only trace amounts of frozen precipitation is expected with the primary concern being the freezing rain. Quantitative precipitation forecast from 12z/7am Sunday through 12z/7am Monday is expected to range from 0.50 to 1.00. Blending this with the expected surface temperatures and p-type for the area this translates into about a quarter of an inch of ice accretion across North Carolina and Southside Virginia to as much as a half inch of ice across portions of the Greenbrier valley...WV/VA Highlands and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In addition to the ice...1-3 inches of snow/sleet seem plausible for the Virginia/WV Highlands north of the Roanoke valley. Ground zero for icing appears that it will be along the Blue Ridge from Blacksburg and Roanoke north and east into the Shenandoah Valley. Precipitation that falls Sunday will put a boat anchor on the thermometer. High temperatures Sunday will likely occur just prior to the onset of precipitation...then evaporational cooling will drag readings lower...and remaining there for the rest of the day. Most areas will remain at or below 32 for much of the day. Areas west of the appalachian Divide...Tazewell and Smyth will have the best chance for recovering above 32 as warmer air moves north through the Tennessee Valley. By Sunday night...warmer air will continue to infiltrate the area from the south to the north. This will result in an eventual rise to above freezing values...particularly across the southern County Warning Area and in the far west. Prolonged freezing rain will likely continue for the Virginia counties north of 460...awaiting mixing on Monday to finally break The Wedge. && Long term /Monday through Thursday/... as of 350 PM EST Thursday... Complicated forecast continues through the extended periods as southwest flow aloft continues across the region at the same time Arctic air continues to stream southeastward from western/central Canada into the central and eastern U.S. Our region remains on or near the boundary between the Arctic air and the warmer air to the southeast...however...through the longer term periods it appears that the Arctic air will win out across our region and the frontal will finally be pushed into the southeast states as the upper flow finally becomes northwest. Monday morning we are still dealing with the end of the potential significant icing event addressed in the short term periods as The Wedge boundary finally lifts into northern Virginia. Models have continued to trend colder...which requires holding onto the -fzra a few more hours into middle-morning Monday than earlier indicated. Will change all precipitation to -ra by 15z Monday as the forecast area briefly moves into a warm sector sandwiched between the retreating cold air wedge and the next surge of Arctic air to the west. Through the daylight hours...we should see only liquid precipitation across the region. By 06z Tuesday...the next surge of Arctic air should move into our WV counties and our far SW Virginia continues. Given the strength of this second surge of cold air...would expect -ra to quickly change to -sn from west to east during the evening. At the same time...the deeper moisture is shifting east into the Piedmont where at this point it should still be warm enough for mostly -ra. Thus...snow accumulations outside mountain upslope -shsn eastern WV...should be minimal...but could not rule out an inch or so in some spots west of I-81/I-77. There is considerable discrepancy between the GFS/European model (ecmwf) in this time frame...with the European model (ecmwf) pushing the moisture well east of the County Warning Area before any appreciable cold air moves into the region from the west...while the GFS tries to move yet a third wave along the frontal boundary across the region from the SW. Given the overall confluent flow in this time frame...not expecting any significant precipitation or more importantly winter weather issues. Again...however...there will be mountain upslope -shsn...with minor snow accumulations eastern WV counties into far SW Virginia and the northwest NC mountains. For the remainder of the extended...at this point it appears dry. The center of the Arctic air mass drifts over the region by Thursday with a very dry/cold air mass. Again...there are considerable differences between the European model (ecmwf) and GFS with respect to temperatures in this time frame. Given the strength of this Arctic air mass...have leaned heavily toward the colder GFS. The coldest day should be Thursday when the Arctic high is centered right over the County Warning Area. Would not be the least surprised to see min temperatures in the single digits in locations such as lwb. However...the prevailing west as opposed to a strong northwest-north flow aloft should result in the colder air remaining north and west of the County Warning Area..so we should stay at or above 20 degrees for mins across the Piedmont. Any precipitation Wednesday-Friday should be confined to upslope mountain -shsn with drier downslope west flow east of the alleghanys. Even across eastern WV...snow accumulations should be fairly limited with overall snow accumulations there even an inch or less. && Aviation /16z Friday through Tuesday/... as of 700 am EST Friday... Current IFR conds at a few terminals will likely last into the morning hours. Incoming moderate rain with a few lightning strikes heading towards lwb within a few hours. Generally fast moving showers will affect the terminals outside of southeast West Virginia. Could be some 40 miles per hour gusts with stronger showers or those that contain thunder this afternoon. Rain becomes more widespread tonight with IFR ceilings/visible possible during heaviest rainfall just after sunset. A light wintry mix of precipitation may affect lwb near sunrise Saturday...although ending quickly. Extended aviation...may see a brief improvement to VFR on Saturday as high pressure builds in from the north...however IFR will return Saturday night as another system approaches from the southwest...bringing freezing rain...snow and sleet to the area Sunday. An Arctic cold front will move through on Monday...bringing a slow improvement to VFR for Tuesday. High pressure is expected to provide fair weather with VFR conditions from Tuesday through Thursday. && Climate... warm temperatures the next couple days will approach records at the climate sites. Below are the current records. December 5 current record high temperatures (year) Roa76(2001) lyh76(2001) Dan 75(1982) bcb70(2001) blf71(2001) lwb68(2001) December 5 current record high minimum temperatures (year) Roa58(1982) lyh60(1982) dan57(1982) bcb52(1982) blf55(1994) lwb53(1994) December 6 current record high minimum temperatures (year) Roa52(2011) lyh52(2011) dan60(2011) bcb51(2011) blf56(2011) lwb 52 (1998) && Rnk watches/warnings/advisories... Virginia...Winter Storm Watch from late Saturday night through late Sunday night for vaz010>020-022>024-032>035-043>047-058- 059. NC...Winter Storm Watch from late Saturday night through late Sunday night for ncz001>006-018>020. WV...Winter Storm Watch from late Saturday night through late Sunday night for wvz042>045. && $$ Synopsis...jh/km near term...kk/km short term...PM long term...rab aviation...ams/km climate...cf