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More Mountain Snow Through Sunday

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Snow in Athens County, OH from Mark Loudin Snow in Athens County, OH from Mark Loudin

Update 430 pm Saturday:

 

Snow will continue to accumulate in the high terrain areas of West Virginia through the night and into Sunday morning.

Stormtracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins says the wind coming off the Great Lakes is responsible for extra accumulations in the mountainous areas.

"The main area of low pressure that brought snow to much of Ohio and the high terrain areas of West Virginia has gone by us, but that opens the door to the northwest wind coming off the Great Lakes and tonight, it's simply a matter of seeing more snow accumulate in our higher elevation areas and western facing slopes east of Charleston," said Adkins.

Less than an inch is expected overnight in the Ohio Valley with up to an inch around Charleston, roughly 2 inches around the Beckley area with as much as a new 3 to 6 inches of snow falling in western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties through mid morning Sunday.  

"We also have a big concern for everything icing over again overnight since many roads were wet," said Adkins.  "We hope people will drive with extreme caution overnight and Sunday morning, paying close attention to back roads, bridges and overpasses as the most treacherous driving areas." 

 

 

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Update 3 am Saturday:

New Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for Athens, Vinton, and Jackson counties in Ohio for a possible 3 to 5 inches of wet snow through 1pm.

Also, new Winter Weather Advisories have been expanded east to include Cabell, Carter, Boyd, Mason, Jackson WV, and Wirt counties for a total of 1 to 4 inches of wet snow.  

Main roads before daybreak in these areas are showing wet to slushy conditions.  Secondary roads in some colder spots in Ohio are snow covered and icy.  

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Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for the Scioto River Valley area including Scioto, andPike counties as well as Winter Weather Advisories for large portions of the rest of Southeast Ohio through Saturday afternoon.  In the Warning zones, 3 to 4 inches of snow could be seen with high estimates of 5 inches on higher hilltops.  

The Stormtracker meteorologists say this fast moving system is here and will be gone very rapidly, leaving poor driving conditions for motorists before sunrise Saturday through about lunch time.

"Roads will be slick from the snowfall especially along and north of I-64 for a few hours," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  

Adkins says the speed of the storm will help keep a lid on snow totals, but drivers shouldn't let their guard down.

"We don't expect large amounts of snow, but in these hills, any amount as the sun comes up makes for a tricky drive in the morning.  Warmer air will move in to help melt a lot of the snow in the afternoon.  We think this storm should arrive with temperatures just above freezing at the surface but cold enough to see snow fall and stick on the grassy surfaces after midnight heading into Saturday morning," said Adkins.

Drivers are expected to face mainly slushy roads with snow and sleet, but snow should be falling in much of the area at sunrise, meaning possible slick spots and reduced visibility.  The current Stormtracker forecast calls for daytime high temperatures to jump into the mid 30s in many areas, meaning the only place the snow would likely stick would be on the grassy surfaces.

"It sounds real obvious to say, but the worst time to be out there driving is when the snow is coming down," said Adkins.  "We do expect a good bit of melting at the surface, but any time the snow flies, it makes driving more hazardous so we encourage people to plan a little extra time for their travels Saturday," said Adkins.

Cold air coming off the Great Lakes behind this next weather system will cause more scattered snow with some extra light accumulations for the high terrain areas of West Virginia through Sunday according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.  Another storm appears to be moving toward the area just in time for New Year's Eve, but it's intensity and track are not entirely clear at this time according to Adkins.

"We'll keep watching these storms as they come into the area so look for Stormtracker 13 on Facebook, @Stormtracker13 on Twitter, click on wowktv.com/weather or download the Stormtracker 13 app on iTunes or Google Play to stay ahead of the storm any time," Adkins added.