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UPDATE 11:00 AM MONDAY

Rain showers will continue to move off to the east throughout the afternoon as temperatures climb to the mid 40s for most areas. Flooding is no longer an issue for the tri-state area but throughout the overnight some much colder air will move in.

Lows tonight will be in the mid to upper 20s, so any wet road surfaces, especially bridges and overpasses could freeze overnight. Slick roads conditions are possible for the Tuesday morning commute as snow moves in.

Snow showers could start in the early morning hours and last through the morning commute. Models are showing less than an inch for the area with the heaviest, close to an inch, for SE Ohio. The bulk of these snow showers should stick to the north of the I-64 corridor. The snow showers will move off the se throughout the afternoon but temps will climb to only a few degrees above freezing throughout the afternoon.

The snowfall will occur mainly during the Tuesday morning commute so take some extra time and remember that bridges and overpasses cold have ice underneath the sticking snow.

UPDATE 10:00 PM SUNDAY

Round two of wet weather is beginning to move into the Tri-State.  Temperatures will rise throughout the night so some isolated areas may see a very brief period of freezing rain before it quickly changes over to plain rain.

An additional 0.50" to 1.00" of rain is possible, which may lead to some areas where high water may be an issue.  We are not anticipating flooding to be as severe as Friday into Saturday, but some spots may still experience minor flooding.

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the West Virginia counties in the 13 News viewing area through 1pm on Monday.

Rain will gradually taper off Monday afternoon and colder air will take hold Tuesday through at least Friday of this week.  A few snow showers are even possible as we head through Tuesday.

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UPDATE 3:00 PM SUNDAY

The weather is quieting down across the Tri-State.  Some spotty freezing drizzle is still falling in Meigs & Gallia Counties in Ohio.  Temperatures have warmed to freezing or above for many locations so road conditions are slowly improving.  Some side and rural roads may still have some icy patches so be sure to take it slow and if you need to travel, leave yourself some extra time.

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UPDATE 11:30 AM SUNDAY

Two to six inches of snow has fallen from a rapid burst of snow across the I-64 corridor between 4am and late morning.  Roads between Charleston and Huntington were snow and ice covered, but are improving with rising temperatures.  Roads that have been treated with salt are mainly slushy to wet.  Side and back roads are still snow and ice covered.  The heaviest snow is now moving northeast through Ripley-Spencer-Grantsville and headed out of the viewing area to the north by early afternoon.  

Sleet and freezing rain are moving in behind this snow at this time.  While treated roads are wet, ice is accumulating on cold surfaces such as vehicles parked outside, sidewalks, driveways, untreated roads as well as branches and utility lines.  Eventually plain rain will replace the freezing rain.  Water levels could rise later in the day. 

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UPDATE 7 AM SUNDAY

Roads along I-64 and points north range from snow covered to wet as a heavy, wet snow falls in the area.

Drivers between Charleston and Huntington and points north should use extreme caution while attempting to get around this morning.

Roads in our southern counties in WV and KY are mainly just wet but temperatures are still below freezing so ice can form, especially on bridges and overpasses.

If you must drive, do so with extreme caution.

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UPDATE FOR SUNDAY MORNING

All of the following information comes from the StormTracker 13 Meteorologists who are monitoring the weather all weekend for you: Precipitation will begin before sunrise in many areas. The initial phase should be a quick round of snow, changing to sleet to freezing rain. This occurs when warmer air rides over colder air near the ground.

The Charleston-Huntington area should see a brief period of freezing rain as many people are heading out for church services or out and about for early workers, shoppers and diners. Bridges and overpasses could be slick so drivers are urged to be very aware of road conditions. Many times freezing rain makes roads only look wet during the daytime hours. These areas will see a change to all rain and currently the forecast calls for only very light accumulations near a tenth of an inch of ice before changing to all rain.

Areas in Southeast Ohio and higher peaks of Southeast Kentucky could see a quick inch of snow during the morning hours before the changeover. Kentucky will change to freezing rain then all rain much sooner than Ohio. Ohio counties will see only light accumulations of ice on top of any snow as the moisture moves more toward West Virginia and Southeast Kentucky again in the afternoon.

High terrain areas of West Virginia around Summersville face a quick 1 to 3 inches of snow early in the day then seeing a possible quarter inch of ice on top from afternoon freezing rain with extreme amounts near a half of an inch of ice in some areas. In this case valleys will be colder than ridge tops so more ice is expected in those valley areas than near the tree tops. However, some tree limbs could break, causing some power outages. Travel in the high mountains of West Virginia is expected to be very treacherous.

A new Flood Watch is also in effect for a large portion of the viewing area as another inch to inch and a half of rain could fall from Sunday through early Monday morning. Streams and creeks had a chance to drop Saturday afternoon, but will rise again with new runoff from rain. People are urged to monitor streams and creeks closely and not drive into any are where water covers the roadway.

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SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE

All is quiet across the Tri-State tonight.  Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s tonight and cloudy skies will continue.  During the pre-dawn hours Sunday, our next system of low pressure will bring a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain before changing to all rain Sunday afternoon.  Here's a look at our current Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories:

Winter Storm Warning
Fayette County (WV) - 4am to 7pm Sunday
1-3 inches of snow/sleet and a quarter to half-inch of ice possible

Winter Weather Advisory
Nicholas County (WV) - 4am to 7pm Sunday
1-3" of snow/sleet and a tenth of an inch of ice possible

Winter Weather Advisory
Scioto County (OH) & Lewis County (KY) - 6am Sun. to 4am Mon.
1-2" of snow and a trace of ice possible

Winter Weather Advisory
Floyd, Magoffin & Pike Counties (KY) - 3am to 1pm Sunday
1-3" of snow/sleet and a tenth of an inch of ice possible

Winter Weather Advisory
Elliot, Johnson & Martin Counties (KY) - 5am to 4pm Sunday
1-2" of snow/sleet and a tenth of an inch of ice possible

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SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

Rain has come to an end across the Tri-State, but some snow showers and freezing drizzle have been falling around the area since early this morning.

Icy spots are possible on area roadways through the morning hours.  Temperatures are below freezing and standing water still remains on the roads, especially in rural areas.  Black ice is possible and will be difficult to see this morning because the road will just appear to be wet.

Flood Warnings continue for portions of Eastern Kentucky until 11am.  Water levels in rivers, streams and creeks will crest early this morning and recede this afternoon.  Additional Flood Warnings are in effect for Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Lincoln Counties along the Coal and Elk Rivers (and their tributaries) until 10:20pm this evening.  Additional flooding is anticipated in those areas.  Remember not to drive through floodwaters on the roads.  The water may be deeper than it appears.

We will dry out tonight before another round of wet and wintry weather moves into the area Sunday morning through Monday.  Sleet, snow and freezing rain are possible in the morning before changing over to rain in the afternoon.  Moderate to heavy rain will once again cause the potential for flooding issues around the region.

We'll have additional updates throughout the weekend.

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FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Spencer Adkins has a video update for us from the StormTracker 13 Weather Lab - water should fall overnight and viewers should expect more wintry conditions early Sunday.  One last live update from Spencer for the night:http://youtu.be/Ho6jdiL0m6g

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FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE 

Flooding rains are breaking up over the 13 News viewing area, however many roads are closed in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia where water has come up over roads.  A few motorists were stranded in cars in Kanawha and Cabell counties earlier.  A few homes in the region have had reports of water rising near them.  

Up to two inches of snow has fallen in parts of southern Ohio with a few more hours of snow going on there.  For a visual debrief at this stage, click on the YouTube link below from chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1gxXfwJ4B4&feature=share

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

Rounds of rain will continue to fall across the Tri-State through Friday evening.  Some moderate to heavy rain is possible during the afternoon hours before slowly tapering off to light showers Friday night.

Some isolated spots of flooding have been reported in Lincoln, Roane and Clay Counties in West Virginia.  Many streams and creeks around the region have been rising, so the potential for additional flooding will still exist through early Saturday morning.

Friday evening into early Saturday, arctic air will slowly start to filter into the 13 News viewing area from west to east changing some of the rain showers to a mix of sleet and snow. Portions of southeast Ohio are likely to see some light snow accumulations by early Saturday morning, generally around 1 to 2 inches.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Athens, Scioto and Vinton Counties in southeast Ohio and Lewis County in Kentucky until 1am Saturday.  Expect icy roads in these areas Friday night into Saturday morning, especially on rural roads, bridges and overpasses.

Elsewhere across West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, a few snow showers are possible overnight Friday into Saturday morning before tapering off by noon Saturday.  A light dusting of snow is possible in the lowlands, but measurable will only be seen in our southeast Ohio counties.

Saturday afternoon and evening will feature a break in the wet and wintry weather.  Temperatures Saturday will only warm up into the mid 30s and a steady breeze will add to the bitter chill in the air.

Early Sunday morning, our next storm system arrives from the south.  Because temperatures at the time of this system's arrival will be below freezing, precipitation will initially begin as a period of light snow and transition to freezing rain before temperatures warm up, changing the wintry mix to plain rain.

Rain will continue through Sunday afternoon and Monday, enhancing our risk of flooding again as more rain falls onto an already saturated ground.

Cold air returns next week with temperatures struggling to even reach the mid 30s and much of the area may see a return of snow on Tuesday.

Our StormTracker 13 Weather Team is working for you to keep you ahead of this series of storms.  Be sure to check back for updates.  Stay with wowktv.com for the most up-to-date weather information.