WINTER STORM: All the details on the ice and snow that you need to know


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The winter storm is in our region now and will continue through this afternoon, especially across southeast Kentucky and southern West Virginia. We have already seen ice and snow in Ohio, lots of the ice was concentrated around the Tri-State.

The Latest Alerts

An Ice Storm Warning has been issued across parts of eastern and southeast Kentucky. Parts of SE Kentucky haven’t seen an “Ice Storm Warning” issued in these areas for the last 35 years. Yes, there’s been ice but not just a straight up ice storm. So this is a unique situation. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued across the Coal Fields of West Virginia. This accounts for the snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain that will fall in these areas, so it’s a multi-faceted warning that covers all hazardous weather. And finally, there’s a Winter Travel Advisory for the rest of the region for slick travel due to some snow that will accumulate.

Newest look at warnings updated 6pm Wednesday

Predictor Forecast Model

Forecast models continue to show an area of freezing rain and sleet that mixes in with some snow. Some of the ice accumulated in the overnight hours and that brought down power outages across many areas in eastern Kentucky and into West Virginia, even in far southern Ohio this morning. Snow accumulated on top of that ice along I-64. We’re expecting light snow flurries across Ohio and up I-77 north of Charleston for the rest of the day.

In total, we expect some light freezing drizzle across the I-64 areas in Kentucky and Ohio along with some flurries to mix in. So, slick spots for the rest of the day everywhere. Be careful walking on the back porch or driveway because you may think it’s good…but it probably isn’t the safest today! Review the Predictor Forecast Model images in the slide show below for the various time steps.

Who Gets What

In summary of those images of Predictor above, here are the primary threats we’ve been facing across the various regions.

Model Totals

We expected freezing rain along I-64 with some snow then piling on top of that through the night. This layer of ice, along with the snow on top of it, will brought severely dangerous driving conditions. It is not advised that you drive until the plows have been around until late morning today.

Ice Tracker with freezing rain totals and below that, the blue are snow totals.
Snow totals, without the freezing rain totals. Most of this will be on top of the ice.
We can’t forget about the rain, underneath all of that ice that will eventually fall.

In summary, this is a big ole mess. Be careful, don’t travel if you can stay in safely. Be prepared for power outages. It’s very important that you check back with us as the fine details will be changing here!

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