A nasty mixed bag of wintry precipitation appears to be headed for Southside Virginia this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg hoisted a winter storm watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

A storm system moving out of the mid-Mississippi Valley is expected to bring snow and ice to the region with the greatest impact Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The sticking point to the forecast is how much ice will fall, cutting down accumulation of snow. Right now, the weather service has a broad range of 1 to 4 inches painted for Danville and Pittsylvania County.

With all winter storms, tracking is critical. If the storm shifts to the south, there could be more snow. A more northward path would bring an increased ice chance.

In general, there may be an initial burst of light snow Saturday morning. The heavier bands of precipitation are forecast to move in Saturday night as snow and sleet, changing to all sleet especially toward the North Carolina border.

By Sunday, that sleet may mix or change to freezing rain. If temperatures creep barely above freezing, there may be a period of plain rain before a shift back over to snow Sunday afternoon and evening.

Travel will become dangerous late Saturday into Sunday, according to the weather service.

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