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>> man. >> mike wheeler. he's got to be chewing his fingernails off. >> you can save all you want but interest. >> no, but i believe the number of cautions we've had, even with the overtime, i still believe they're in pretty good shape. but how about this. the first race of 2016, we'll have an overtime. >> that's right. >> we're going to check out this new procedure that we have, that nascar's implemented with the nascar overtime. i would say that, yeah, he can handle maybe one overtime. i'm not -- i don't know if he can handle a lot of overtime. >> i think we're pretty optimistic we're going to have any cars left to do overtime. >> let's check with vince. >> jeff gordon described it as bumper cars, kyle. what'd you see out there? not much lace for you to go. >> no, i seen the 19 and the 2 really fighting for a spot. for my vantage point that's all i could see. i could tell we were going to wreck. i tried to check up a little bit. then it's on from behind me. but nothing else you can do from
when the guys behind you get through the wreck and they're able to go on the rest of the way. i hated for our m&m camry -- still pushing to 13, working really good together. i was going to push him to see if i couldn't get farther, give ourselves a chance to win. hopefully benefit our teammates can do it. >> thanks, kyle. >> thanks, tell mates denny hamlin and and matt kenseth running first and fourth. >> wow, a lot of damage there. >> wow. >> carl edwards who moments before was in a position to challenge for the win. >> last year in this race, half the field ended up wrecked in the garage. and we were hoping not to have a repeat of that tonight. however, that's pretty much where we are. >> well -- >> i'm not going to say anything about the attrition rate anymore. like you said, business picked up.
and you can't let out the throttle. you've got to stay on the gas. if that means pump along guy, trying to push him forward so you can go forward, sometimes it pays off. when it doesn't, hello! >> down the straightaway, that's kind of been a staple of daytona racing for a long time. >> and tonight. >> it has been and you can do it, you've just got to be careful, make sure you're squared up on that bumper. if they start to weave back and forth you've got to get off of that bumper of the person in front of you. we may have been hopeful but the reality is, i'm not surprised. i expected this to happen in this race. >> i did too. >> let's join matt with denny hamlin's crew chief. >> anner jeer for much of kenny hamlin's success at daytona, the rookie crew chief mike wheeler, my crew chief thinks you're about good to go on fuel. what do you think looking at your calculations? >> i hope larry mack's right. i think we can do this one.
come up short. which kind of stinks. he's running good, we're happy to be here. >> describe the excitement and the nerves. your first time especially in a situation like this. >> so far, so good. not too bad. luckily it's a nonpoints race and you can have fun. hopefully we'll get back to victory lane. >> good luck. >> thank you. >> here's vince. >> a little bit frustrated, would elshow you the replay with carl edwards. what'd you feel like happened there? >> well -- brad's still not going to let me in, i learned that. no, i'm kidding. from the replay i saw, looked like that's pretty much my fault. i stuck it in this here, high-risk maneuver. i thought, okay. we've got a shot. i knew i had to get in front of brad. he got a little bit more of a run i thought. i could feel him. i shouldn't have come up that far, that's my fault. we came down here to win this race. had a lot of fun, learned a bunch. sorry to the guy whose car i
like to end them something. man. just having fun. i don't know. that's the kind of race it is. i wouldn't feel right if i didn't try to get up there. i just went too far. >> understand that. thanks, carl. >> fun while it lasted. carl edwards. now tomorrow we will set the front row for the daytona 500 on fox. >> tomorrow on fox, daytona 500 qualifying. catch the sport's biggest stars as we set the starting lineup for thursday. and determine the front row for next sunday's running of the daytona 500. it all starts tomorrow, 1:00 eastern, 10:00 a.m. pacific, only on fox. >> you'll see all of tonight's drivers and nearly 20 more hopeful of earning one of the 40 starting positions in the 500. >> mike, overtime. >> we're going to overtime. >> overtime! >> nascar style! >> yeah, baby.
rule. they'll wave the green flag at start/finish as usual. and if it is a clean restart and the leader makes it around to the overtimeline on the back straightaway without the caution flag waving, then the next flag, yellow or checkered, will end the race. if the leader doesn't get to the overtime line before the caution waves the line will back up and do it again. again flag in overtime. denny hamlin, joey logano, and the rest of the field. >> look how organize the outside lane is. a little bit better. see if that pays off for the 22 and the 20. >> larson fell way back down. shifted gears, i don't know if he didn't -- just lost a little momentum, i guess. >> if he goes on the outside, this thing's over for him. but he didn't. ended up going back to the inside. here they come on the outside three wide. >> there's the overtime line. >> we made it to the line. >> can we make it to three more?
>> 42 going to the top of the 20. 42 first to recover. >> the 22 and 11 being side by side it's anybody's race to the line. we could have a photo finish here. >> white flag this time. hamlin back to the front. >> one thing i bet you hamlin doesn't do is go below that yellow line when he comes down here for the win. >> wow. whoa! >> whoa. >> no -- >> all at the back. >> we may make to it the checkered flag. >> leaders on the back straightaway. coming hard. caution waves. it's over. >> caution, hell yeah! >> 25 cars start. eight cars finish. >> denny hamlin must still make it around to the checkered flag under reduced speed.
unlimited winner for the third time in 11 tries. >> what a great game -- >> hamlin, checkered flag, wins the sprint unlimited over logano -- >> great job, great job. >> well, well done, man. 21 caution laps made it happen. >> he's feeling good right now. new crew chief. >> what a way to start off. >> three unlimited wins for hamlin. second most in the history of the sprint unlimited. as coach joe gibbs leads the team prayer. it's hamlin's sixth win at daytona. and his fifth in speed weeks. it will be the eighth time coach gibbs goes to victory lane in the unlimited. here's the hey medical on the last lap. >> looked like hamlin put a big block on the 27 car. the 20 gets in there behind menard.
one, looked like they just ran out of room between the 20 and the 1. he was side by side with the 2. then kind of the 78 in that as well. >> woo. one wreck right after another, it's amazing. >> it happens when the 11 blocked the 27's run, the 20 was behind him, stalled them out a little bit. the 1 car had momentum coming to the center. he saw an opening there. and then the closing laps of these races as i mentioned before, you don't check up. you don't lift. you can't if you're going to win the race. and it's really all about winning. stay in the gap even if that gap closes right in front of produce. >> yeah, you can't drive your car and the other guy's. when the other buy has trouble you're going to hit him and that's going to cause more trouble. it's just -- causes a big, big mess. >> gosh. the car in the garage area for heaven's sake. >> the car that won the race is torn up. whole right side caved in. >> see how much fuel he has here
>> oh, he got -- >> joe gibbs racing has won the unlimited four of the last five years. >> he was very kind to the beautiful grass. >> he got the memo on the grass. you tear up the grass, you're going to pay for it. >> not sure about all this. >> a lot of smoke. that's pretty awesome. >> nice delivery. >> always nice to make your mark, first race, daytona speed week 2016. >> look at coach. yeah i think i got a handle on this deal. >> denny hamlin's team celebrates his victory.
>> the checkered flag. >> danica, you really shouldn't have! >> fire suits. >> seriously? >> seriously, race fans. follow nascar on twitter and watch the race for multiple chances to win real driver gear being used in the daytona 500. from our foreheadriends at sprint thank fots are tuning in for fast racing. are you on the fastest network in the sprint lte plus network delivers faster download speeds than most national carriers. switch now and you'll save 50% on most carrier rate plans. hurry, it's a limited time offer. sprint.com/50percent today. toyota ends last season with a championship. starts this season with a win. in victory lane. matt yoakam is with denny hamlin. >> he told mike wheel over the radio "one race, one win, bat batting 1000."
impressive, the block on menard or the poise and composure of your rookie crew chief on the box, working the fuel. >> i don't know if he was poised. he was poise on the the radio. such a young team of crew chief, engineers, they all look like they're a bunch of high school kids. but they did a great job. i'm so happy for mike wheeler. to start 1 for 1 with a good win at daytona. thank our partners. this win first of all couldn't be possible without my teammates. you know, matt sacrificed so much, pushing me at the right time. carl at the end as well. total team effort. just like cale's championship. we win as one. this is a joe gibbs racing win. thank toyota, fed ex. toyota for their commitment to this daytona rising. sprint, coke. the jordan brand, the greenbrier. short clips and the fans. it's great to open up with a win. >> the spotter that told you? or you sensed the 27 of menard?
when had in my mind what he was going to do. when the cars are closing that fast, you've got to -- you almost have to anticipate where they're going to go or else you're going to get wrecked. so luckily it worked out for us. you know, this is a leader-driven race as we've seen. and luckily we were able to bring it home. >> good luck. looking for his first daytona 500 next weekend. he was second two years ago. jamie? >> joey logano, for a minute i thought it was going to be a photo finish between you and denny. you send up second. looking back is there anything you would have or could have done differently on the last lap? >> i'd have to watch the replay. i saw the 27, looked like he was going to try to put it three wide, which is a good move on his part. i had to block that. then i saw the 42 with a big run. i went to get that push. and then i just seen kyle get really loose behind me. then there was a lot of the smoke. at that point you lost all your help. the replay, i missed it. overall i'm so proud what was that team's done.
left off with the shell pennzoil 14. looking forward to get to the 500. >> defending daytona 500 winner, says he has a shot at the pole tomorrow, guys. >> thanks jamie. back to mike and jeff. there are only four of the 25 cars, mike, not involved in a crash tonight. >> only two without significant damage, logano and larson. 25 started and two can drive and say we're good to go, wow. >> yeah, i thought it was -- this race had it all like we thought. a saturday night special. you saw everything. overtime. we didn't know why they would do this? now we know why. >> folks a the home, that was no a individual grow came, that was real life, real cars and drivers sliding all over the place, a wild way to get 2016 started. >> wild is the word. wild and great start for speed weeks for denny hamlin. >> and hamlin, he had the surgery on his right knee in the offseason. the wreck early, was involved, you saw the tape on lap 13. he leads the most laps with his new crew chief.
in the last three years. mike wheeler was always with the team. he says this is the last crew chief i'll ever have. after this start, i think they're at a pretty good connection here. >> denny loves wheeler. wheels they call him. they've got a great relationship, they complete each other's sentences. i talked to denny, he said i don't know what to expect, haven't raced since november, how my going to do? looks like he did pretty good. that move to block the big run paul menard had was amazing. >> this is the setup or a sampling of the daytona 500, tomorrow we'll set the front row. denny hamlin, age 35, hasn't won a daytona 500 what do you expect from him and some of the others trying to get that position for the running of the great american race? >> you look at the crew chief/driver combination. jimmie johnson, chad knauss, the magic they had. dave rogers, kyle busch. those rips get you over that next -- to the next level. i think that's what can exactly happen with mike wheeler and denny hamlin. they will be a solid team all season long.
here at the start of the 2016 nascar fox season, tonight on fox, late local news, animation, domination, high definition after that. tomorrow, 1:00 eastern, from daytona, we'll be here for a couple hours. michael waltrip will hop in the car and try and set himself up to be in the dual races thursday which you'll see on fs 1. for michael waltrip, chris meyers, welcoming jeff gordon to the nascar fox broadcast team, denny hamlin the fed ex toyota winner, thanks for being a part of nascar on fox. >> sending the boys and girls off. >> boogity boogity boogity! let's go racing, boys! >> oh! >> hard in the wall. >> hamlin.
outside anymore. winds have calmed down with a few exceptions. now the bad news it is still very, very cold outside. actual temperatures are in the teens and single digits across the board and it's going to get worse tonight before those temperatures improve. who shot starr?sot: " she's never been in a position where people have hurt her before and as a pet owner that just breaks my heart."the search for answers - after this dog - was targeted - in a family's backyard. *and*voters out in forcesot: this is great. the citizens are speaking outlong lines - to select the nominee - for roanoke's next mayor. then - hope and healingsot: "save a life - it's that simple"stories of survival - and education - to keep hearts
the wind - blowing everyone and everything around today. flags whipping in the breeze. the few people who did spend some time outside - were bundled up tight. here's a live look - from outside our studios. downright bitter at this hour. now - our focus shifts - to a winter storm barreling our way. thanks for joining us tonight. we're starting in the pinpoint
thanks taylor. we'll check back with you in about 12 minutes. long lines - and a lot of interest - in today's firehouse primary in roanoke. officials started counting ballots -at 7. w-f-x-r's kristen eskow - is live with the numbers - and reaction - from the berglund center. bill - people here started counting the ballots at 7 tonight - once the polls closed. discuss the results here.officials with the roanoke democratic committee say a higher number of candidates - for this primary - 2 mayoral candidates and 6 city council candidates - brought a higher number of voters out to the polls -
without some problems. :10-:15:22-:27:52-:571:19-1:24 as voters head into the berglund center to cast their ballots, candidates make a last-ditch effort to win voters' support.lea: "it's a big day. we had a good crowd. i didn't anticipate it being as large given the weather, but it was democracy in action, and more people are participating."trinkle "we've all worked very hard on it, which is why i think we have such a good turnout. cold weather, saturday, it's a holiday weekend, got uva basketball on. there's a lot going on around people are taking the time to come out here and wait in line." candidates and voters say this primary - has been a bit years past.turner: "i was in and out in 15 minutes last time. this is great. the citizens are speaking out."higher voter turnout - has led to longer lines - and longer wait times. some say they wanted to vote earlier in the day - but left and came back - due to howard: "we came back to the second time this evening, and again, the line is too long. i sat down at the handicapped table, and the wait there is 45 minutes to an hour."niamke: "it's been a blessing and a curse."stephen niamke is the
admits some voters inside the berglund center had to wait as long as 3 hours - to cast their ballots.while niamke says he is glad to see an above average voter turnout - he says the committee will consider some changes for future elections - to make the voting process faster.niamke: "we should have divided the poll books a little bit differently, so that they were even by number. secondly, we should have had more poll books. we're definitely taking some notes." and officials with the roanoke democratic committee tell me that they had a staff of about a dozen or so volunteers at a time throughout the day working this primary - as they tried to keep the lines moving. but again - mayoral and city council races were on the ballots today. live in roanoke, kristen eskow, wfxr news. thanks kristen. we'll keep you updated on this race - and all the races important to you. look for your local election headquarters - on virginia first dot com. in pittsylvania county - we now know the name of a man - who was hit and killed by a
police tell us - 69-year-old walter davis was walking over a crossing on north side drive - around 9 this morning - when he was struck.officers tell us - the norfolk southern locomotive sounded it's horn - and the warning lights and gates at the crossing - were working. we're told - this is a busy pedestrian crossing - and police may never know what davis - did not get out of the way in time. in roanoke county - police are trying to figure if drugs or alcohol played a role - in a deadly crash. the head-on collision happened around 9 last night - on hardy road - near vinton. police tell us - the car kayla simmons was driving - crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle. the 19-year-old died. the other driver - christopher hash of hardy - was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. in blacksburg - many virginia tech students woke up to a crime alert. police say - an attempted armed robbery was reported just after midnight. it happened in the dietrick
victim says - a man called for help from the bushes - and ended up trying to rob the victim at knifepoint. there was a strugle - but the would-be robber got away. in roanoke - a family wants answers - after their dog was shot this week - near westover avenue. that basset hound is recovering. w-f-x-r's charlie cooper - was the only one there - for an emotional reunion - at virginia - maryland college of veterinary medicine. 00:23:04-00:27:0500:43:30- 00:46:0501:18 - 01:22charlie cooper, reporting that's right bill -- it's a slow recovery for 4-year-old basset hound starr but her owners say they're hopeful and incredibly she's alive.track 1 it's a bitter sweet reunion for the swindler family and their basset hound nat sound- you're a lucky doga lucky dog
while in the family's backyard. daniel swindler- starr's owner when i got home around 4:30 i noticed that star didn't get up and greet me like she does when i get home. i didnt think much of it, went upstairs and she followed me upstairs climbed on the bed and that's when i noticed she was bleeding. track 2rushed into surgery with major injuries doctors say the bullet ruptured starr's spleen and wounded her liver. now she's losing air in her chest from a potential lung injury.ann marie swindler- starr's owneri know she's confused because she's never been in a position where people have hurt her before and as a pet owner that just breaks my heart.track 3leaving the family worried for the safety of thier entire neighborhood. ann marie swindler- starr's ownerthe safety of my animals and the safety of my home and also there are a lot of children in the neighborhood. track 4it's a neighborhood the family says isn't the same without starr around.daniel swindler- starr's ownerit's missing a lot of emotion. the good kind. she is our baby and if you ask her she's the leader of the family. she's definitely going to come out of here alive and be happy to be home again some day.charlie cooperpolice are currently investigating who shot the swindler's dog. if you have any information you can call their tipline at 540-344-8500. in the studio-- charlie cooper, w-f-x-r news. in salem - an equipment fire is being blamed - for damaging
called to salem frame company around 7 thirty last night. the fire was contained to the piece of equipment - but there is smoke damage throughout the building. authorities are still working to determine how much damage there is - and how exactly that fire started. in rocky mount - the man accused of robbing pharmacy at gunpoint - is now in custody. police tell us - joshua cundiff turned himself in - surrendering at the franklin county jail last night. the 26-year-old from boones mill... is locked up on felony robbery and weapons charges. police say - cundiff robbed workers at gunpoint - inside family pharmacy - tuesday. he got away - with prescription drugs. no one was hurt in that hold up. group is refusing to give up their fight - to save a piece of history. friends of greenfield preston plantation say - they'll hold a peaceful protest tomorrow afternoon. the group - is upset about current work - moving these historic structures that were
rally - set for 3 o'clock sunday - at the greenfield industrial park near troutville. in lexington - students hand washington and lee university's mock convention - predicted donald trump to win the 2016 republican nomination. trump won by a landslide - ted cruz came in second - with only half the the amount of support. university officials say - trump called in - thanking students over the phone - calling their track record of accuracy - extraordinary. some folks braved the cold - to party it up tonight - while supporting heart health. the roanoke heart ball is going strong tonight - at the hotel roanoke. w-f-x-r news - is a proud media sponsor. this annual event - is a celebration - highlighting the mission and accomplishments of the american heart association - and the american stroke association. the night kicked off with cocktails - a live auction - and stories from survivors. " mandy ball "my father
simple."the goal - to raise 200 thousand dollars at the heart ball tonight. w-f-x-r news first at ten anchor - becky freemal - emcee'd the festivities. last call. coming up - your final chance to check out - a popular outdoor ice skating spot. plus - a local lunch hotspot - celebrates a big anniversary. the special deal - loyal customers cashed in on - at texas tavern.
that simple."the goal - to raise 200 thousand dollars at the heart ball tonight. w-f-x-r news first at ten anchor - becky freemal - festivities. last call. coming up - your final chance to check out - a popular outdoor ice skating plus - a local lunch hotspot - anniversary. the special deal - loyal customers cashed in on - at texas tavern. highs on saturday were as low as they have been all winter for much of southwest virginia, and it felt even colder thanks to strong winds. as high pressure slides overhead saturday night, those winds will calm down. with light winds and mainly clear skies though, temperatures will have no trouble dropping into the single digits and even below zero in the higher elevations. a wind chill advisory is still in effect for most of the region
a.m. sunday. a wind chill warning remains in effect for western greenbrier and counties where wind chills could fall below -20! tonight will be a good night to drip the faucets to from freezing. as always, keep your pets in mind during these cold nights. a winter storm watch has been issued for all of southwest and central virginia from sunday afternoon through tuesday afternoon. this storm is complicated and will bring us several different types of winter precipitation. it all starts late sunday afternoon when a vigorous disturbance sends snow into southwest virginia. those showers will gradually spread eastward sunday night into monday morning leading to accumulating snow across the board. temperatures will remain below freezing at the surface all day monday due in part to the recent cold spell and due in part to the wedge. here's where things get tricky. a developing low in the deep south will send warm, moist air our way on monday afternoon. this will create a situation where the ground is below freezing, but the air above the ground is above freezing in spots. that type of scenario leads to sleet and freezing rain. accumulating freezing rain up to .25" is a real possibility monday afternoon and evening, especially for the roanoke valley and the piedmont. if ice accumulates on power lines and tree limbs, then there will likely be some power outages. eventually the warm
of the precipitation to just rain. most models clear out the precipitation by late tuesday morning.needless to say travel will be a struggle on presidents day and perhaps lingering into tuesday and wednesday as well. the good news is conditions are forecast to warm up rather quickly throughout the week so
melt quickly. the cold - didn't stop these love birds skaters - from lacing up - at elmwood on ice in downtown roanoke. time is running out - if you have not stopped by yet. admission is six dollars - bucks.valentine's day - of course tomorrow - is expected to be the final day of operation at this rink. a pretty special anniversary - meant a good deal - at one business in downtown roanoke. texas taven is marking it's 86th anniversary today. in honor of the landmark - hamburgers - hotdogs - and bowls of chile - were only 86 cents - between 10 and 5 today. sometimes the line was out the door - with customers who were there to help celebrate. "we wouldn't have been here it weren't for our customers. that's who's kept us in business. people that come in day in and day out, our regulars, people that try us for the first time, so that's what it's all about."the eatery says its anniversary - is always one of
the cold weather - not enough to stop die hard vendors - and families looking for fresh produce. coming up - we'll show you an indoor farmers market - pretty popular today. to get boquets - to valentine's day sweeties. we'll show you the painstaking inspection - before some flowers - can get to your
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weather - didn't stop one local farmer's market from opening up shop today. roanoke's farm to table market - took fresh produce and local goods inside for an indoor market experience - at greenbrier nurseries greenhouse. local artists, farmers, chefs and even a jazz trio warmed up the space as families came out to buy some fresh and locally made goods. jim monroe- owner, greenbrier nurseries unfortunately in the local food movement we're asking people to only participate on a saturday or only participate in the summer time and so our philosophy here at farm to table is to make local food and healthy food more accessible so it's really important that we do the market the entire year and have more days of the week that we're fulfilling the need for local foods.the farm to table market is held every saturday from 9 a-m to 3 p-m. rain, shine or cold. it's a big weekend for
americans - expected to spend for valentines day. elizabeth prann shows us the strict standards - and inspections - for imported flowers. 00:00 - sifting.. picking.. flowers your valentine may be than a billion on u-s soil colombia and ecuador. but before they they've got to be pest freekerlikowske says: "a then they will go through all of those samples. if they detect anything that could be harmful -- they united states department of agriculture to it is and can that harm be mitigated through or does the product have to be destroyed." south florida is the hub for fresh cut flowers being imported into the u-s. 90 percent of the the one point six cut flowers that come into america arrive in south florida. and this time of first stop here, at
the u-s customs and border protection agency deploys hundreds of agricultural from all over the country. they're looking for smuggled illegal drugs to more than 14-hundred different types of pests. some insects such as mites or beetles are are as small as a some diseases are a little "our agricultural inspectors many have master's degrees, some with phd's. they are really experts at looking for the kinds of pests and the kinds of diseases that would harm american agriculture." why so much fresh flowers are a lucrative and growing business. the cbp reports a 21-percent increase in 2015. but if infected with **booming** industry can kerlikowske says: "they can things that you have seen -- actually cause harm to the why these inspectors take the national retail federation says couples spend on average for totaling a projected 2- billion customers will be shell out this valentines day" in miami, florida... elizabeth prann, fox news fox newselizabeth prann, florida... in miami, day"this valentines be shell out
tonight - many are mourning the death of supreme court justice anto-nin scalia. officials say he passed away in his sleep during a hunting trip in texas overnight.one official says the 79-year-old justice didn't feel well when he went to bed.he didn't show up for breakfast this morning at a ranch where he was staying.the u-s marshals are conducting investigation at the scene.despite a monumental election year - president obama says he will select a successor. brazil's president says the zika virus outbreak will not compromise the upcoming olympics in rio.brazil's
thousands of health workers have been mobilized to fight zika.experts say the virus is sweeping through parts of latin america.zika is mostly harmless for adults, but it's been linked to a serious birth defect among newborns.the under way in august. at least three people are dead in a huge pile-up on pennsylvania's interstate 78, outside harrisburg. the exact number of cars involved in the wreck is unclear-- but officials say there could be as many as fifty vehicles in that mess. it happened during strong winds and poor visibility. former virginia governor jim gilmore is ending his quest for the republican presidential nomination.the former republican national committee chairman didn't make much traction during his run. he failed to qualify for many republican presidential debates.and in this week's new hampshire primary, gilmore finished behind several candidates who already dropped
a mess - for a lot of people. saturday were as low as they have for much of southwest virginia, and it felt even colder winds. as high pressure slides overhead those winds will calm down. with light winds and skies though, temperatures will have no into the single digits and even below zero in elevations. a wind chill advisory is still in effect region including roanoke until 10 a.m. sunday. a warning remains in effect for western highland counties
good night to drip the faucets to prevent pipes from freezing. as always, keep your pets in mind during these cold nights. a winter storm watch has been issued for all of southwest and central virginia from sunday afternoon through tuesday afternoon. this storm is complicated and will bring us several different types of winter precipitation. it all starts late sunday afternoon when a vigorous disturbance sends snow into southwest virginia. those showers will gradually spread eastward sunday night into monday morning leading to accumulating snow across the board. temperatures will remain below freezing at the surface all day monday due in part to the recent cold spell and due in part to the wedge. here's developing low in the deep south will send warm, moist air our way on monday afternoon. this will create a below freezing, but the air
freezing in spots. that type leads to sleet and freezing rain. accumulating freezing rain up to .25" is a real possibility monday afternoon and evening, especially for the roanoke valley and the piedmont. if ice accumulates on power lines and tree limbs, then there will likely be some power outages. eventually the warm air will overtake the wedge monday night and switch most of the precipitation to just rain. most models clear tuesday morning. needless to say travel will be a struggle on presidents day and perhaps lingering into tuesday and wednesday as well. the good news is conditions are forecast to warm up rather quickly throughout the week so all of the snow and ice should melt quickly.