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One system exits, new system coming with snow

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11:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Scioto County, Ohio has been the center of snow activity in our area so far tonight.  Portsmouth and Lucasville have seen 3 inches of snow.  Stout, Ohio has seen 3.5 inches and Otway has seen 2.5 inches of snow.   Snow is moving east through the night. 

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

More winter storm warnings have been issued for the following counties: Cabell, Mason, Putnam, Jackson WV, Calhoun, Wirt, Wood, Meigs, Gallia, Lawrence OH, Jackson OH, Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties - until 7 a.m. Saturday for 4 to 6 inches of snow from this new weather system.

Winter storm warnings are already in effect until at least 2 a.m. for Scioto, Lewis and Pike OH for similar amounts.  

Winter weather advisories are in effect for the entire rest of the 13 News viewing area for 2 to 4 inches of snow.

The system will have rain to start in much of Kentucky and West Virginia in the evening hours of Friday with snow after dark.  The system will rapidly move across the area and end west to east.   

The worst period of road conditions will be during the overnight hours and the early morning hours of Saturday.  Road conditions should improve greatly on Saturday afternoon. 

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Just as people are shoveling out and mopping up from the major blast of snow from the East Coast, the StormTracker meteorologists say it's time to keep our eyes west for a fast moving system that can bring us more snow Friday night.

"All of the weather models point to another Alberta clipper system coming in from the west late Friday and no matter how many inches of snow we get, the falling temperatures and falling snow should combine for slick roads again late Friday night and very early Saturday," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Initial projections call for as many as six new inches of snow in the high terrain and on higher hill tops across the viewing area with as little as an inch or so in southeast Ohio and southeast Kentucky.

"Currently our models show the heaviest snow right across the Ohio River and I-64 into the high terrain east of Summersville on up through the Eastern Panhandle. The key is that this system is really unlike the one we just had because it's going to be moving very fast which will help limit snow totals somewhat," said Adkins.

The system should begin with rain which could also cut the final snow totals, but a change from rain to snow, combined with temperatures falling below freezing, could spell very slick roads overnight into Friday morning.

"People don't drive with a ruler to measure the snow, " says Adkins, "they drive against the conditions and even a little ice beneath a little snow could make getting around pretty tough for several hours."

Conditions are expected to improve as the storm passes to the east later Saturday morning. A general warming trend with rounds of rain is expected during the week with highs possibly topping 60 degrees toward Thursday.