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Icy roads face travelers in WV and VA on Thursday

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Icy roads could still be a problem for Thursday evening commuters in many neighborhoods according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.

"We should see some scattered snow flurries throughout the early afternoon, but the big key is all of the wet surfaces possibly freezing over again tonight," said meteorologist James Hopkins. "Much like this mornings commute,the Friday morning commute will be very slick and we just want people to be aware that there is that possibility and to plan to go slow." Hopkins said. "Bridges and overpasses are the biggest concern, any road the wind can travel under because they will be colder than regular roads." says Hopkins

Temperatures overnight are expected to drop to around 20, meaning any untreated roads could refreeze. The Stormtracker meteorologists expect as little as a dusting for the rest of the day before tapering off in to the late evening.

"Just remember, any amount of ice can be hard to drive on, and since most people live on or near a secondary road, those bridges, overpasses, driveways and sidewalks could easily have a sheen of ice on them at dawn Thursday so be careful out there," says chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

This large storm will move out of the area, and the Stormtracker meteorologists are looking at a possible new storm for Saturday morning.

"The models show signs of another storm rolling up the Ohio Valley and across the mountains and there could be some accumulation of snow for a while before seeing a possible change back to rain, so we need to watch things closely," said Adkins. "It's a busy season tracking these low pressure areas and we urge viewers to remain weather aware as they travel to and from holiday destinations in the next several days."

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Icy and snow covered roads from Flat Top to the north and east. Snow showers lingering during the morning hours before they gradually lift out of the region. High: 29-31

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny skies as we have a chance to dry out for a short amount of time. High: 40

SATURDAY

We'll start off with some light rain that will mix back to snow showers by later in the morning for some light accumulations followed by a fast melt-off. High: 39

SUNDAY

Snow showers lingering until the middle of the day with light accumulations across the region, possible late day clearing. High: 30

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Icy roads face Thursday morning commuters in many neighborhoods according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.

"We should see some scattered light amounts of snow, but the big key is all of the wet surfaces possibly freezing over," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins. "Much like last Friday, it didn't look like much but it was very slick and we had some spinouts and we just want people to be aware that there is that possibility and to plan to go slow."

Temperatures overnight are expected to drop into the 20s, meaning any untreated roads could freeze over. The Stormtracker meteorologists expect up to two inches of fresh snow in the high terrain areas east of Summersville-Beckley, with as little as a dusting in the lowlands.

"Just remember, any amount of ice can be hard to drive on, and since most people live on or near a secondary road, those bridges, overpasses, driveways and sidewalks could easily have a sheen of ice on them at dawn Thursday so be careful out there," Adkins said.

At the same time this large storm is moving out of the area, the Stormtracker meteorologists are looking at a possible new storm for Saturday morning.

"The models show signs of another storm rolling up the Ohio Valley and across the mountains and there could be some accumulation of snow for a while before seeing a possible change back to rain, so we need to watch things closely," said Adkins. "It's a busy season tracking these low pressure areas and we urge viewers to remain weather aware as they travel to and from holiday destinations in the next several days."

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The Stormtracker59 Weather team said the mountain state is looking at a pretty nasty mix all day on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Places like Marlinton and Lewisburg are seeing the worst of it.
 
Most of the snow will be on the eastern side of the mountains in Virginia.  There is a wedge of warm air today and temps for most places should be in the upper 30s to around 40 with Marlinton and Lewisburg just barely topping freezing. Mix will turn to snow later this evening and into the overnight with show showers lasting throughout the day on Thursday. Temps on Thursday will stick to freezing or below for most places so we could see accumulations of a couple of inches for the I-77 corridor with higher amounts for the I-64 corridor through Lewisburg and up through Marlinton. Higher elevations could see 6" to 12" before Thursday night.
 
Things will dry out on Friday with the return of sun but another system will come in for the weekend bringing a mix for Saturday--switching to snow overnight and light snow showers of Sunday morning with possible late day clearing. Saturday's highs will be upper 30s while Sunday's highs will be closer to freezing.

Icy and snow covered roads from Flat Top to the north and east. Snow showers lingering during the morning hours before they gradually lift out of the region. High: 29-31

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny skies as we have a chance to dry out for a short amount of time. High: 40

SATURDAY

We'll start off with some light rain that will mix back to snow showers by later in the morning for some light accumulations followed by a fast melt-off. High: 39

SUNDAY

Snow showers lingering until the middle of the day with light accumulations across the region, possible late day clearing. High: 30