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Multiple accidents reported; Stormtracker meteorologists warn slick roads possible

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UPDATE 5:50AM


FREEZING DRIZZLE is beginning to develop across the Tri-State.  This will help to provide some slick spots on the bridges and overpasses.  Some of the quickest locations for the slick areas to develop will be your back porch and/or your elevated decks.  Be careful stepping out your door today.  No wrecks or accidents have been reported at this time.

UPDATE 4:58AM


Slick spots are still possible this morning as we have temperatures hovering around or just below freezing.  No reports of accidents yet, but it's early.

UPDATE 9:55pm

Salt is taking some effect on area roads that have been treated.  However secondary roads, off ramps, sides of roads remain very slick with ice and/or sleet.  Temps 34 in Charleston 30 in Huntington as precip is ending in the Charleston area.  A Winter Weather Advisory was issued near 9pm for many counties in the 13 News viewing area - and remains in effect until midnight. 

"It's clear that the cold air above us moved east at a more rapid pace and that left a lot of roads in bad condition very fast," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  "As we said, we'd be on the knife's edge on where to make the call and once again Nature throws some nasty driving at us.  We just want folks to drive carefully all around the area overnight and early Tuesday."

UPDATE:

Multiple accidents have been reported on I-64. Drivers should use caution due to icy conditions on roadways throughout Kanawha County and points West.


UPDATE: 

Update 7:55 p.m.  Viewers report sleet around Flatwoods, KY and snow around Pedro, OH.


ORIGINAL:

A round of rain moving from the south is meeting a round of cold air from the north over Appalachia and the Ohio Valley in the next few days.  Slick travel could be the result for Tuesday and Wednesday morning according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.

"This will be another system where we are on the knife's edge in terms of drawing the line where it's just rain and where we could see some icy roadways," says Stormtracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

"The areas that could see an icy coating on the roads or some sleet overnight would be anywhere from Huntington to the north in Ohio and to the west in Kentucky.  That's where the coldest air is.  The good news is that in those areas we don't expect a lot of precipitation to fall, so if it does freeze over, we're talking about a commute issue, not a major ice storm," Adkins said.

People driving Tuesday morning should plan extra time to scan road conditions and even deal with the chance for fog in some areas of southern West Virginia or southeast Kentucky.   

"We want our viewers to prepare for slow travel Tuesday morning even if we see just rain.  Even wet roads create their own set of driving hazards so planning just a few extra minutes to take the edge off of travel pressures can really help," said Adkins.

The Stormtracker meteorologists say there is a chance for a repeat of the same weather pattern Tuesday night before that system clears and allows for better driving conditions.

"Early Wednesday, it's the same areas that we would be watching for the chance of some slick spots, so keep an eye out just in case," says Adkins.

Meanwhile, reports of sleet and mixed rain and snow have been seen in places like Nashville and western Alabama, so those who may be driving long distances or flying to other destinations should check on weather conditions at their destination and adjust time tables accordingly.