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Late Winter Storm Hits The Region

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11:06AM:  Snow will end today for the lowland areas...with light snow continuing into the mountains tonight. temperatures ranging from around 30 degrees lowlands...into the upper 20s eastern mountains...will rise just few degrees this afternoon.

By this evening...six to ten inches of total snow is expected by over the eastern mountains...ranging from two to six northern lowlands...while further south and west...only minor accumulations of snow are expected.

Snow showers will begin to wind down this afternoon for lowland locations as the storm moves off the mid Atlantic coast...but light snow will continue for the eastern mountains into Thursday...with additional light accumulations.

High pressure builds into the area for the beginning of the weekend...allowing for moderating afternoon temperatures. another system will bring some showers for the end of the weekend...or the beginning of the next week.

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7:14AM:  Well our Predictor was right - working west to east: it showed very little snow over Tri State and that's the case. An inch or less. Hilltops around Putnam/Kanawha have over an inch so that matches and hills east of Summersville saw over 4" easy and that's correct. Greenbrier, Fayette, Pocahontas - waiting to hear fresh reports from you but I won't be surprised if you got 6"-8" in some areas like it showed. Temps are key. Salt working on Interstates. Back roads in high terrain VERY snow covered. Once again the bottom line: higher you live in altitude = more snow you have. Some areas with less than an inch will see snow melt before lunch!

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NEW: 11:30pm snow has already been seen across Ohio and the Tri State, moving toward the Kanawha Valley.  Also, as many as five inches of snow have been reported in the Pocahontas County area in the high mountains of eastern West Virginia.  One inch of snow has been reported in the Waverly/Piketon area in south central Ohio.  Roads are mainly just wet around the I-64 corridor but bands of wet snow showers greatly reduce visibility at times.  Drive with caution if you must drive overnight and early Wednesday.

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NEW: Completely detailed discussion just posted at wowktv.com/weather - also seeing photos of heavy snow in the Lexington, KY area at 8pm.  

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NEW: Predictor model shows change to snow around Scioto Valley approximately 10pm.  Already receiving reports of snow in Pocahontas County in eastern sections of West Virginia at 6pm.  Temps near 50 at 6pm in Charleston and Huntington with rain.  Change over to snow after midnight expected there. 

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NEW: Rain showers are starting to work their way through the area this morning.  Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the day, so precipitation will stay as rain through this evening.  Late tonight, cold air will filter into the area, changing the rain over to snow.  Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for most of the Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Ohio Counties in the 13 News viewing area for 1-3 inches of accumulating snow.  Areas to the North and East of Charleston in the high terrain could pick up 6-10 inches of snow or more.  The best chance for accumulations still looks to be during the day Wednesday.

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NEW: Monday night weather models show snow starts Tuesday night.  Current estimates put 1-3 inches of snow across the Huntington-Charleston area up to Athens-Parkersburg.  East of Charleston through Summersville look for 3-5 inches of snow.  East of Summersville and Richwood east of our viewing area up around Snowshoe we could see 6"-12 inches of snow.  Eastern Kentucky could see 1-2" of snow.  Portsmouth through Piketon could see 1"-3" of snow.  Most of the accumulation will happen before Wednesday afternoon according to the Stormtracker Meteorologists.

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NEW: Sunday evening weather models shift the bulk of the snow to the eastern mountains in West Virginia, still showing the chance for well over a foot of snow there.  Light amounts are still possible in the 13 News viewing area but the storm is just now starting to take shape days to our west.  The Stormtracker meteorologists say to expect at least some snow flying through the area Tuesday late into Wednesday.  While it's still too early to exactly pinpoint amounts, it's clear that winter will take another swipe at the area and that the mountains will clearly see a significant late winter snow storm.  Residents there should prepare now by checking winter storm supplies and people with travel plans into or across that area should look at alternate routes or times to travel at this point and stay apprised of the latest changes at www.wowktv.com/weather.  

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Winter is still hanging on across the Tri-State and this upcoming week will be no different.  Another winter storm will move into the area Tuesday into Wednesday, bringing more rain and snow.

This storm could produce significant snowfall across the area, especially in the mountains.  At this point, it looks as if we will see a mix of rain and snow Tuesday before colder air moves in Tuesday night into Wednesday, changing all precipitation over to snow.

There are still many details that are uncertain about this next storm, but snow accumulations, even in the lowlands, are likely.  We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information as we fine-tune the details of the forecast.

Stay with 13 News and the StormTracker 13 Meteorologists for the latest information.