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WINTER: It's not over yet

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NEW: 5:30am

Well it looks like the worse is behind us but the snow will linger for at least another day as temps remain cold. Snow showers for the higher elevations with some light accumulations possible as highs stick to around freezing. The lowlands will see some light flurries with possible mixing because temperatures will rise to the mid to upper 30s. We'll see a few breaks in the clouds throughout the day with a few rays of sunshine peaking through which will help melt some snow on roadways.

Overnight temps will drop to the low to mid 20s so there will be more slick spots for the early morning commute. Snow flurries will continue for the higher terrain through Thursday morning but we will see a lot more sunshine trying to peek through in the afternoon as temps remain cold, topping out in the upper 30s to around 40. Looks like the snow will finally be gone by Friday as temps continue to raise all the way through the weekend.


NEW: Noon

The snow is finally starting to lighten up but it will stick around for the next few days, especially for the higher terrain. Good news for the ski resorts as Winterplace has reported 11" of new snow over the past 48 hours. Temperatures will rise a few degrees warmer than yesterday with the higher elevations sticking to the low 30s as the lowlands get up into the mid to upper 30s. The bands of snow will continue to pile it on to the NW facing slopes into the overnight while the lowlands see more flurries than showers. We could still get a few bursts of heavy snow but for the most part the heavy stuff is behind us.

The morning commute will be another slick one with temps for most places getting above freezing today, look for the spots that melt today to refreeze overnight as temps drop to the low to mid 20s. Possibly more school delays on Wednesday, especially for the higher elevations as the snow showers continue through the overnight.


NEW: 6:00am

Roads are slick as more snow arrives so drive carefully if out and about in the early morning hours. Bands of snow will continue to push through the area as temps remain cold. North west facing slopes will continue to see the snow pile up as the Winter Storm Warning continues until 2pm Today (Tuesday). A Winter Weather Advisory also continues until 2pm for the lowlands. The snow will gradually taper off in intensity as we go through today and tonight with some light snow showers for the mountains on Wednesday. The lowlands will see snow Flurries on Wednesday with a few peaks of sunshine possible.



Heavy snow continues to fall, moving from the west to east and with the cold temps this snow will continue to pile up. Both the Winter Storm Warning and the Winter Weather Advisory (see map) continue throughout the overnight and for most of the day tomorrow. The highest elevations of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties will see the heaviest snow accumulations because the temps will remain below freezing for the next few days. Some of these areas could see up to a foot of snow before Thursday morning.

Snow will continue throughout the overnight and we could see an additional 1"-3" of accumulation. The temps will drop to the low 20s for the higher terrain and mid 20s elsewhere. The Tuesday morning commute will be a slick one, possibly even worse that this past mornings commute. Expect more school delays and closings as the snow continues to fall. We will get some melting and then overnight refreezing so roads will definitely be slick once again so take extra time if out traveling around sunrise.


NEW: 5:00am

Heavy snow will continue, especially for the highest elevations throughout the day as the wedge of warm air starts to diminish. We'll see a mix continue for areas along and to the west of the I-77 corridor through the first half of the day with areas east of I-77 seeing all snow. Snow could be heavy at times and this will be the heavy, wet snow that could weigh down tree limbs and power lines so power outages are not out of the question.

The wedge of warm air is due to an approaching area of low pressure. Once the low passes this afternoon, the colder air will fill in the gap and we'll see the areas that have the mix make the switch over to snow. This will happen this evening as temps drop to the low to mid 20s overnight. We could see an additional 1" to 3" overnight as the snow showers taper off.

The snow will continue through Tuesday but it will lighten up a lot compared to Monday's heavy wet snow with the bulk of the snow falling on the NW facing slopes.


Update 8:30pm:

Our next round of wintry weather is pushing into the Two Virginias.  Some of the precipitation will begin as rain before quickly changing over to a mix and then all snow over the next couple of hours.  Some heavy bands of snow are possible overnight.  A few rumbles of thunder also cannot be ruled out as some of these heavy snow bands bear down on the area.

Accumulations around 2 to 4 inches still appear to be on-track for Monday morning for the lower lying areas.  Some places in Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties have reported snow totals already ranging from 1 to 6 inches.  More snow is possible in the higher terrain in our eastern counties where totals could easily top 6 to 10 inches.


Our next winter storm is about to begin even though it's spring.  Winter weather advisories have been issued for Summers and Monroe counties and winter storm warnings are in effect for Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.

Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins said snow could begin on Sunday, March 24 in areas to the east of Interstate 77.  In those areas the StormTracker weather team says to expect around 2 to 4 inches of snow by the morning hours of Monday, March 25 for the lower lying areas.   There could be as much as a new 6 inches of snow on the higher peaks.

"Conditions could be very slick on Monday morning," said Adkins  "Our viewers are encouraged to wake up a few minutes early so they can handle any slick roads and take their time getting to work or school safely."

The snow will not be around for long though.  By midday on Monday the only areas that should still be seeing snow would be the higher elevation areas. Watch for updates as the colder weather moves in here and on 59News.