UPDATE 10:30 p.m. CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) A new batch of snow showers is moving west to east across Ohio from around Dayton toward Athens and Parkersburg as we cross into Friday. The NWS has issued the following statement:
SNOW SHOWERS EXPECTED TO BRING LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT... AN AREA OF SNOW SHOWERS WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF MIDDLE OHIO VALLEY AND NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA TONIGHT. LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS AROUND HALF AN INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. TRAVEL COULD BE AFFECTED BY REDUCED VISIBILITIES WITH THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS, AND THERE MAY BE SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS.
New Predictor model guidance shows there the snow is expected to stick, mainly on the grassy surfaces. The first line of snow comes across the northern counties then the snow expands south of I-64 around 9am until afternoon as it moves toward Virginia.
UPDATE 3:30P.M. CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A new winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. Friday until noon Saturday for the eastern mountains and valleys of West Virginia.
Per the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA: ” A clipper system will cross over the Appalachian Mountains on Friday and depart by Friday night. Snow will develop and spread
over the mountains during the day. Gusty winds could bring periods of blowing snow and reduced visibilities. Total accumulations are expected to range from 1 to 3 inches mainly in the higher elevations, but locally higher amounts up to 5 inches are possible at Mount Rodgers and western Greenbrier County.
UPDATE 12:00PM: The cold air is hanging tough with light snow showers passing by and occasional flurries. Temperatures will struggle to get to 35 degrees but the wind is also going to make it feel very cold. Wind chills in the mid to low 20s for the rest of the day with teens in the mountains.
UPDATE 8:15AM: Snow continues to cross the region with the heaviest snow band passing through Mason, Jackson, Roane, Clay and Nicholas counties. Many accidents were reported through the morning in those areas along I-77, I-79 and US19.
Snow showers, light for the most part, will continue through the morning. During the afternoon there will be occasional flurries with a stray snow shower. Snow totals are a good dusting in many areas to 1 to 3 inches across Clay, Nicholas and Webster counties. Snowshoe has reported 6 inches of snow by sunrise!
Light snow with some sprinkles mixing in are possible during the day on Friday.
UPDATE 9:45P.M. CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) Snow is seen falling on the Stormtracker 13 VIPIR Real Time Radar and WOWK staff reports snow mixing with rain in the Teays Valley area. Roads are mainly wet and will remain mainly wet in most of the viewing area but bridges and overpasses could ice over after midnight in Nicholas, Fayette and other higher terrain counties in WV. No changes in snow amounts are expected. See map lower in this story for the latest amounts.
Yeager Airport in Charleston reported a 30 mile per hour wind gust within the past hour. Huntington’s Tri State Airport reported a recent gust at 26 miles per hour. The wind chills are dropping into the 20s and teens tonight.
UPDATE: 7:30P.M. CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The newest Stormtracker 13 Predictor model is showing a coating of snow for the area west of I-79 and west of U.S. 119 at best on the grassy surfaces by morning. Up to an inch of snow on the grass is possible in areas east of those roadways with up to 2 inches on some of the mountain peaks in Nicholas and Fayette Counties. Roads in the morning in the most highly populated areas from Charleston to the west should be mainly wet but bridges and overpasses could see some icy spots as colder air goes above and beneath those areas. Motorists should leave some extra time and watch 13 News starting at 4:30 a.m. for Bryan Hughes Big Board Traffic updates.
UPDATE 4:30 P.M. CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Nicholas and Fayette counties and the western half of Webster County while there is a winter storm warning for the eastern half of Webster and parts of Pocahontas and Randolph counties where 5 to 8 inches of snow can fall. Check the latest winter advisories here on our website for county-by-county information.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Rain is moving through the area today and some gusty wind speeds of 20+mph. All of this is ushering in a change that brings winter temperatures and snow back to the region for the next few days.
Wednesday’s rain will be with us for nearly 6 hours before we start to see the rain switch to snow. The rain will move west to east and we’ll see around 1/4″ of rain from this system. As the cold air rushes in near sunset, we’ll see the light rain switch to snow between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Overnight into early Thursday morning, brief, off and on snow showers will an occasional heavy batch will pass through. This snow will accumulate in the higher elevated areas of West Virginia, the typical areas during winter weather events. Canaan Valley, Elkins, Snowshoe, Summersville and Fayetteville will all have a chance to see accumulations by sunrise on Thursday.
Thursday, during the day, will offer lingering flurries through the midday with some sunshine for the afternoon and it will be cold with highs in the mid 30s.
Friday morning, a clipper system will pass through the region with light snow in the morning and some rain trying to mix in by the midday and early afternoon. Friday night we’ll see some more light snow through early Saturday morning but most of that should be in the form of flurries. If we see any accumulations, it will be limited to a dusting in the lower elevations with a spot or two seeing up to an inch. The mountains of WV will be on tap for another couple of inches.
After Saturday’s morning flurries, expect a warmup to 50 by Sunday and next week will feature 50s and 60s with chances for rain showers across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.