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Heavy, wet snow & icy roads today

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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

...WINTER STORM WARNINGS & WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR MANY COUNTIES IN THE 13 NEWS VIEWING AREA SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY MONDAY...

Snow showers through midday.  Accumulations will range from 1 to 3 inches across parts of Kentucky, Ohio to 3 to 8 inches, WV gets 1 to 3 across the I-64 corridor and  2 to 6 inches near the Ohio River on the WV side.  Highs will be near 35 so this would be a wet snow. Roads will likely be slick during the morning commute.

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE

We've had to slightly adjust the snowfall total map due to the track of this storm system shifting slightly north (again). Its a really tough forecast because the cutoff between who gets pounded with snow and who sees absolutely nothing is VERY sharp. We're doing our best to keep you ahead of the storm, but this is a very complex system.

You can definitely bet on some slick roads tonight and tomorrow morning. We've already had several wrecks reported on I-64 between Hurricane and Huntington and lots of people in areas between are reporting a slush or glaze on the roads.

Snow showers are continuing to move in from the west so if you have yet to see any snow falling, its on it way.

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SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE

Rain showers have started to change over to snow showers across parts of Southeast Ohio and Central Kentucky.  Expect rain to continue to make the change over to snow throughout the night.  This storm system is still on track to drop accumulating snow on the area.  2 to 6 inches are likely, depending on your location.  The heaviest snow will fall along and north of Interstate 64 in West Virginia during the pre-dawn hours Monday where 3 to 5 inches of snow.

Temperatures are also cooling quickly and will fall to around 30 degrees overnight.  The heaviest snow will fall during the pre-dawn hours on Monday so expect slick driving Monday morning.

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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia for Sunday through Monday midday.  This means that accumulating snow as well as some ice will severely impact travel, business and schools.  In some of these areas we will see a bare minimum of 2 inches of snow after the rain and totals could max out as much as 5 inches.  So realistic amounts of 3 to 4 inches would be likely in most areas.  Please see the accompanying map of the warned areas.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for other parts of the region, this is where we have the opportunity to see 1 to 3 inches of snow, although locally higher amounts can be possible.  It's all dependent upon where the heaviest band of snow finally decides to set up.

This will be a very wet snow and can easily weigh anything down.  Power outages would be possible if branches get blown by a gust or two of wind.  Also of note, as the rain changes over, expect some freezing rain and sleet to mix in as well.  So the winter buffet is on the table!  -Bryan Hughes

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It looks like Monday morning will bring another round of delays and possibly closings if Nature brings projected snow to the region. The Stormtracker meteorologists say a winter storm watch has been issued for large parts of the 13 News viewing area for late Sunday night and early Monday.

"We have a disturbance kicking out of California and heading right in our direction," says chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins. "It will meet with cold air from the north while dragging in warmer air and moisture from the south and the result looks to be at least a few inches if not several inches of wet snow to the area by Monday morning."

Adkins says weather models have been shifting the largest axis of accumulations back and forth across the region with each successive data run. However, all of the models suggest the center of the band of snow would be along Interstate 64 which once again means more driving headaches.

"Obviously things can change and with this storm in particular, someone is going to get several inches of snow while someone very nearby gets very little. The cutoff from snow to no snow will be very sharp and right now that cutoff is what we're working to determine," said Adkins.

Current projections have several categories of snow from as little as two inches in the lower terrain areas to as much as eight inches in the higher mountains of West Virginia. A wet snow is expected with daytime temperatures reaching above freezing Monday. The Stormtracker meteorologists say they will have more concrete numbers to issue on Sunday, but now is the time to raise awareness that snow is likely and it's on the way by late Sunday night.

"Obviously if it's snowing at school time, there will be some tough decisions to be made by the schools but they will make those calls and we'll be right here to let you know the latest on 13 News and wowktv.com," said Adkins. "If there's one good thing, the snow should start well before people get to work so we don't have a situation like last week in the South where everybody has to turn around and go home. We'll see what we're dealing with before we even leave home."

Current versions of Stormtracker 13's Predictor weather model do snow coming down hard at times in the drive time portion of Monday morning. Commuters should already prepare extra time and have backup plans in case school is delayed or canceled. It's also always a good time to make sure people have enough winter emergency supplies in their cars and in their homes.

"We've seen more snow before, but the timing will be bad for drivers early Monday if things continue to fall the way we think they will. We need people to stay tuned for more information because this storm can and likely will change a bit and new advisories or watches may be needed before it arrives. We'll be here tracking it," said Adkins.

You can follow the radar by downloading the 13 News app and by looking at www.wowktv.com/weather any time. Also follow @Stormtracker13 on Twitter and search for Stormtracker 13 on Facebook. Also, follow this story for updates on the forecast of this storm and keep an eye on wowktv.com for any closings or delay announcements.