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Snow covered roads are causing traffic difficulties on the busiest driving day

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NEW: Snow showers will continue for the region into midday as the system as a whole slowly pushes to the east. Most lowland areas could see 2" to 4" of accumulation into the afternoon before snow tapers off this evening. The higher terrain, especially the NW facing slopes could see higher amounts as snow continues to fall in those area into the overnight. The "Snow Belt" could see 4" to 6" of accumulation with some peaks possible piling up around 8".

Major roadways are looking pretty good, just wet, but caution needs to be given to bridges and overpasses as those surfaces are the same temperatures as the air. Back roads, especially ones that get a lot of shade will be slick as road temps will be lower than the highways. Take extra time if traveling around today and tonight.

Wet roads will refreeze tonight as temps drop to the mid to low teens making for dangerous early Thanksgiving day travel. Winds will be gusty overnight dropping wind chill values to near 0. Bundle up if outside, wear lots of layers and try to cover up any exposed skin.

All clears out for Thanksgiving Day. We'll see lots of sunshine but temps will remain cold only reaching the upper 20s once again. We will warm as we head into the weekend.

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 Rain is changing to snow across the area today after a full day of rain, making for possible slick conditions for Wednesday morning's commute in the region.


Chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins says subfreezing temperatures and wet snow could make for a slow trip as well early Wednesday.

"Bridges and overpasses do freeze first so people need to be very cautious of those areas if they are out before dawn on Wednesday," said Adkins.

The StormTracker 59 forecast calls for approximately two to four inches of daytime snow in the majority of the viewing area with snow starting early Thursday morning.  Snow will continue in the traditional "up slope" areas of Fayette, Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties through early Thanksgiving morning.  Snow totals will vary widely from lower areas to the highest peaks. The high terrain areas could see as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow by the time snow winds down there.  Most areas will see a storm total of 3 inches to 6 inches of snow. 

"The big thing we want to convey is the fact that we have a ton of people expected on the roadways and don't focus on the number in terms of inches of snow because it only takes a little snow or ice to make roads dangerous in our area," said Adkins.  "By mid morning the main roads should be just wet and the snow should accumulate on the grass so driving conditions will improve as the day goes on except for the high terrain in places like Quinwood and Rainelle."  

Once the snow stops, colder air rushes in, dropping temperatures to the teens and the StormTracker meteorologists say that could be even more of a problem for icy patches.

"Melting snow and puddles from all of the rain could really freeze over quickly Wednesday night so we want people to be very careful even after the snow stops," said Adkins. 

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