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UPDATE: Our next round of winter weather is moving through the area, making for a messy Tuesday morning. Snow showers will continue across the area through mid morning and in the higher elevations, into the early afternoon. Snow will decrease in intensity through the mid morning but we could see 3" to 5" of accumulation before the system exits in the afternoon.

Roads will be slick with below freezing temps combined with run-off from previous rain and weekend snow refreezing. On top of that, the accumulating snowfall will make it hard to recognize icy patches that can be lurking underneath. Travel will be treacherous for much of the day, even after the snow stops falling as temps for most areas won't be rising above freezing.

The system clears out of the area by mid-afternoon but with the cold temperatures the snow will stick around for a few days. A lot of areas won't get back above freezing until Friday afternoon so early morning travel for the rest of the work week will be slick.

UPDATE: We will continue to see a mix of rain and snow for the higher elevations of Summers, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties through mid morning. Temperatures will slowly raise to mid 40s for the lowlands and low 40s for the higher terrain through this afternoon so everything should make the switch over to all rain and we go into this afternoon. Showers will be spotty this evening with temperatures dropping quickly into the overnight.

Lows will be in the mid 20s so expect some slick spots on bridges and overpasses as the wet roads refreeze. The morning commute will be a tricky so take extra time with the slick roads. We could also see some snow showers for the first half of the day on Tuesday. The best chance will be for the NW facing slopes in the higher terrain, possible accumulating a half an inch before the system moves out into the afternoon. Temperatures will remain cold with highs in most areas topping out around freezing.

The rest of the week will be sunny but cold with temperatures remaining in the 30s.

MONDAY UPDATE:

Thousands are still without power in southern West Virginia counties including Greenbrier, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer and Summers.  

Route 19 was closed down near Ghent Elementary after a tree fell across the road.  Crews reopened the road at around 7:50 a.m.   There are also reports of trees down along Route 3 near the Raleigh/Summers County line.

SUNDAY UPDATE

Round one of wet and wintry weather has pushed to the northeast but much of the area is still seeing rain and freezing rain as a second moisture-rich system moves up from the southwest.

Expect freezing rain in the eastern counties of the 59 News viewing area to continue through tonight.  Roads will be icy and slick, especially on rural and less-traveled roads through the night into early Monday morning.  Significant ice accumulations are possible Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas and Summers Counties.  Power outages will also be possible tonight in some locations.  Ice accumulations have already surpassed a quarter of an inch in some parts of the area.

Winter Storm Warnings continue for the area through late tonight and early Monday (see below).

The majority of the precipitation will change to rain by Monday morning.  Rainfall totals through Monday afternoon will range between 0.50" and 1.00".  No widespread flooding is expected, but we may have a few isolated locations where high water will be possible.

All rain comes to an end Monday afternoon and much colder air takes hold Monday night, setting the stage for possible snow showers on Tuesday.

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SATURDAY UPDATE

After a relatively quiet Saturday, conditions will rapidly change early Sunday morning as our next winter storm arrives.  This storm will feature a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain which will lead to significant ice issues around the region.

Cold air, already in place over much of Appalachia, will linger into the morning hours on Sunday as a system of low pressure, containing an abundance of moisture, moves into the area.  Initially, temperatures will be cold enough to see some snow before warm air starts to push in over the top of the cold air at the surface, changing the snow to sleet and freezing rain.  

The snow will begin during the pre-dawn hours on Sunday and will gradually change to sleet and freezing rain through the morning hours.  By late Sunday afternoon, warmer air will start to mix down to the surface, causing some of the wintry precipitation to change over to rain by late Sunday night into Monday.

The main threat with this system will be the potential for ice which will lead to dangerous and slick roads, as well as the potential for power outages.  Here are the current watches, warnings and advisories that will go into effect on Sunday:


Winter Storm Warning
4am Sunday to 7pm Sunday for Fayette & Raleigh Counties
Snow and sleet are possible at the onset of precipitation, accumulating 1 to 3 inches, before changing over to freezing rain.  Ice accumulations of a quarter to a half-inch are possible.

Winter Storm Warning
4am Sunday to 12am Monday for Bland & Mercer Counties
Snow and sleet are possible at the onset of precipitation Sunday morning before changing over to freezing rain.  Ice accumulations of a quarter to a half-inch are possible.

Winter Storm Warning
4am Sunday to 9am Monday for Greenbrier, Monroe & Summers Counties
Snow and sleet are possible at the onset of precipitation, accumulating 1 to 4 inches, before changing over to freezing rain.  Ice accumulations of a quarter to a half-inch are possible.

Winter Storm Warning
4am Sunday to 4 am Monday for Pocahontas County
Snow and sleet are possible at the onset of precipitation, accumulating 1 to 3 inches, before changing over to freezing rain.  Ice accumulations of a quarter to a half-inch are possible.

Freezing Rain Advisory
4am Sunday to 12am Monday for Tazewell County
Freezing rain will cause ice accumulations of a quarter-inch or less.

Winter Weather Advisory
4am Sunday to 12pm Sunday for Nicholas County
Snow and sleet are possible at the onset of precipitation, accumulating 1 to 3 inches, before changing over to freezing rain.  Ice accumulations around one tenth of an inch are possible.


Stay with StormTracker 59 and WVNS 59 News for the latest weather information.  We will have continuous updates throughout the weekend.