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NEW: With the heavy snow far behind us the chance for flurries still lingers. Temperatures will remain cold for Thursday with lots of clouds and flurries for the higher terrain. We may see some limited sunshine this afternoon as we try to rebound form this latest winter storm. It will still take a few more days before we get some significant melting because temperatures will remain below average through Friday.

The light snow flurries will start to taper off as we head into Friday as temperatures slowly warm up. The sun will return in full force by Friday afternoon but with temperatures topping out only in the low 40s, the snow will still be around as we head into the weekend.

Temperatures make a quick jump into Saturday as highs reach the mid to upper 50s under sunny skies. The climb will continue into Sunday with temps reaching and possibly topping the 60 degree mark in most places so get out and enjoy the Spring-like temps...just don't forget to "Spring Forward" by setting your clocks ahead 1 hour on Sunday morning.

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NEW: Tazewell, Bland, Summers and Mercer counties have been added to the Winter Weather Advisory until 10am Thursday for the chance of some freezing drizzle creating a sheen of ice on area roads on top of a light amount of new snow as well.  Drive carefully if you must travel in these areas. 

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NEW: Greenbrier County extended on time for Winter Weather Advisory until 10am for potential of freezing drizzle adding a coating of ice to up to 1 new inch of snow. 

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NEW: Multiple reports are coming in to the StormTracker 59 Weather Lab of heavy snow falling, especially in the higher terrain. Some preliminary reports are of anywhere from 2" to 8" in Greenbrier county, 8" in Crawley & Meadow Bluff, 5" in Renick, 3" in Ronceverte & Lewisburg and 2" in White Sulphur Springs. Other areas are also reporting, 5" at Flat Top, 3" in Bluefield & Shady Springs, 2" in Princeton and 1" in Beckley, Oak Hill & Fayetteville.

Heavy snow will continue to fall throughout the morning hours making travel difficult for most of the 59 News viewing area. Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning will continue throughout the afternoon for possible 2"-5" of heavy wet snow for the lowlands with 6" - 10" possible for the higher elevations of Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties with the highest ridge tops seeing up to a foot! Temps in the higher terrain will remain below freezing while the lowlands could see highs in the mid 30s.

The snow will taper off into the late afternoon becoming light snow showers that will linger through the early morning on Thursday. Most of the accumulating snow will be in the first half of the day with just a little more added through the evening and overnight. Lows will drop to the low to mid 20s overnight and highs will only climb to the mid to upper 30s for Thursday.

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NEW: Forecast details from Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins:

WEDNESDAY

Snow will fall all across the area early.  Heaviest snow before dawn will be around Greenbrier, Fayette, Pocahontas and even parts of Monroe and Summers counties.  Lighter snow west of I-77 before dawn but watch for slick roads no matter the case anywhere in the viewing area.  

By Mid morning, there should be some gaps in the snow showers with the bulk of the system moving east and breaking away from the leftover snow showers.  Look for Pocahontas County to hold on to the snow from the main low pressure center through mid day.  Scattered snow showers fall across the rest of the area until a little rain mixes in with the snow west of I-77 after lunch time. 

All during this time winds can gust to 25-30 mph from Beckley to the south and west and as high as 40 mph from Princeton northeast to Marlinton and across the Greenbrier Valley.  

Upslope snow showers will fall in Western Greenbrier, Western Pocahontas and in limited spots of Fayette, Summers and Raleigh Counties.

Snow totals for Wyoming and McDowell counties will be very light.  Perhaps 1"-3" early but melting during the day with highs in the mid 30s.  

Snow for Beckley-Oak Hill-Princeton-Bluefield anywhere from 2"-6"  That's a wide range but we live in wide ranging terrain.  The higher up you are the more snow you see. 

The eastern tip of Fayette could see well over 6 inches of snow by the end of Wednesday and parts of Greenbrier and Pocahontas could see 6 to 12 inches of snow.  

This heavy, wet snow could be enough to cause power lines to break in combination with the wind so have a winter weather supply kit on hand just in case.  Travel will be worst in the early morning of Wednesday.  Upslope snow will continue in western Greenbrier and Pocahontas and the eastern sliver of Fayette until dawn Thursday for another light, fresh accumulation of another inch or two possible there.  

Highs for most areas near the 32 degree mark except the western counties. 

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NEW: At 6pm Tuesday snow is already reported in Pocahontas County and a mixed precip of snow, sleet and rain has been reported in Monroe and Greenbrier counties.  Weather models still project a good 2"-4" across the Oak Hill-Beckley-Princeton-Bluefield corridor with less to the west of that line and more in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.  Morning snow accumulations will make roads slushy and slick.  Use caution and plan extra time.  There could be power outages across parts of Greenbrier and Pocahontas by Wednesday with the weight of the wet and heavy snow expected.

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NEW:Updated weather models are painting a better picture for the winter storm that is now upon us. We will start our day with a light mix, then all switches to rain. Rain could be heavy at times, especially in the southern counties along the WV/VA state line. All switches to snow as we move into the late night as colder air starts to filter in.

The Winter Storm Watch for Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning. Expect anywhere form 6" to 10" of heavy wet snow to fall from late this afternoon and last through early Thursday morning. We could see up to a foot on some of the ridge tops so travel is not advised in these higher elevations for much of the day on Wednesday. We could also see some power outages due to the heavy wet snow weighing down tree limbs and power lines.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Bland & Tazewell counties for a possible 2" to 4" of heavy wet snow. The models are showing the heaviest snow to fall tonight and through the first half of Wednesday with things starting to wind down for these areas into Wednesday afternoon. The heaviest snowfall could occur during the morning commute so take it slow and double your drive time if possible.

The storm should wind down and exit the area on Thursday with a chance of some light flurries in the morning hours for the lower elevations with the higher terrain seeing the snow stick around through the afternoon. By Friday everyone will see sunshine with temperatures on the rise.

Schools on Wednesday and Thursday may see delays and/or cancellations.  Keep your browser pointed here to WVNSTV.com for all the latest announcements.

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NEW: Weather models are showcasing a better chance for rough driving and the potential for another six to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow in parts of the area starting Tuesday night.  Winter Storm Watches are in effect for Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties and could easily be raised to Winter Storm Warnings sometime Tuesday.  

The Stormtracker meteorologists say the Beckley-Bluefield area now appears on weather models to be in a zone of about two to four inches of wet snow from Tuesday night until Wednesday afternoon.  These are preliminary forecast numbers as the strength and path of the storm are still unfolding.  That's enough to make driving slick in the region.  Areas of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, even including the Greenbrier Valley and eastern parts of these counties could share in six fresh inches of snow up to as much as a foot on the higher peaks above 3,000 feet.  

This storm will move away rapidly Wednesday night and only the traditional "upslope" snow showers will persist on the high peaks of Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Raleigh and Fayette counties that traditionally see snow on the northwest wind in winter.  

Schools on Wednesday and Thursday may see delays and/or cancellations.  Keep your browser pointed here to WVNSTV.com for all the latest announcements.  


NEW:  Sunday morning weather models have two possible outcomes from the looming midweek storm.  Several models have taken a shift to the north with the bulk of the snow in the northeastern mountains of West Virginia, still showing the chance for well over a foot of snow there.  However a smaller number of models still show the chance for about a foot of snow or more in the high terrain of the 59 News viewing area.  While it's still too early to exactly pinpoint amounts, it's clear that winter will take another swipe at the area and that the mountains will clearly see a significant late winter snow storm.  At this point the only question is where the cutoff will be.  Answers will be forthcoming with better and newer data according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.  Residents should prepare now by checking winter storm supplies and people with travel plans into or across the area should look at alternate routes or times to travel at this point and stay apprised of the latest changes at www.wvnstv.com/weather.

 

 

 


 

Winter is still hanging on across Southern West Virginia and this upcoming week will be no different. Another winter storm will move into the area Tuesday into Wednesday, bringing more rain and snow.

This storm could produce significant snowfall across the area, especially in the mountains. At this point, it looks as if we will see a mix of rain and snow Tuesday before colder air moves in Tuesday night into Wednesday, changing all precipitation over to snow.

There are still many details that are uncertain about this next storm, but snow accumulations, even in the lowlands, are likely. We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information as we fine-tune the details of the forecast.

Stay with 59 News and the StormTracker 59 Meteorologists for the latest information.