UPDATE 9:45 P.M. Tuesday : Snow is now moving into the high terrain areas east of Kanawha County but it did leave a little coating on the grassy surfaces before sunset in portions of the viewing area.
UPDATE 5:30 P.M. – Freeze warnings are in effect for the area – you can read them here:
Snow is already mixing in with rain across the Tri State into the Kanawha Valley. This precip should move to the east before roads can ice over in any serious way but there may be a little black ice on any damp spots. See below for snow accumulation maps.
UPDATE – 9:20AM TUESDAY: Our thought process really hasn’t changed much since we’ve last posted and here’s why.
Our forecast models are on track to have a light ribbon of rain moving in as we make our way into the afternoon. We have temperatures cold enough that between 2,000 and 3,000 feet we’ll be able to see a mix of snow and rain. Anything above 3,000 feet in elevation will be mostly all snow. While there isn’t much moisture to work with, there’s just enough to give us some of the light accumulations in the mountains of West Virginia.
UPDATE – 10:15PM MONDAY: The system that will bring us rain and snow is now starting to move a little to the east and can be seen on satellite and radar moving from the Rockies in Colorado now into the Plains with snow in Oklahoma and Texas.
While we are not anticipating more than a few inches in the West Virginia high mountains, this system left as much as 8 fresh inches of snow in the Colorado Springs area as seen in the photo below from our Nexstar sister station and our meteorologist colleague Matt Meister.
UPDATE 7PM MONDAY: New weather models continue to show the bulk of the snow will fall in areas east of Beckley and Summersville. The Predictor model output in this story matches many other models but the Stormtracker 13 meteorologists say the ground will be fairly warm, meaning that a lot of the snow will melt. Here is the call on snow as of late Monday.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The wild weather that we’ve seen over the last two weeks continues with snow impacting part of the area on Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning.
A strong wave of low pressure is going to slide from southwest to northeast across the area late Tuesday. That energy, combined with cold air in the low to mid-levels of the atmosphere will lead to a perfect opportunity to bring some spring snow to the mountains of West Virginia!
We’re expected the timing to kick in around 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening across the highest elevations of the mountains. Between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. the snow will be falling as big flakes. Across parts of Nicholas, Fayette and Webster counties, much of the snow will be collecting on grassy surfaces and car tops in the valleys. On the ridges, we can expect some of the snow to stick on the roads.
This snow will wrap up quickly and most of it should end before sunrise on Wednesday morning.
After that, we should have a decent melt off by the end of the day. There will be some snow that sticks around through Wednesday night that’s already fallen. Most, if not all, will be gone by Thursday afternoon.