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WINTER STORM: Arctic Chill Takes Center Stage

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Expecting a burst of snow in the pre-dawn hours.  This will not last all day as this is the equivalent of a fast moving like of downpours if this was the warm season.  This will result in a fast burst of snow that could put down a quick inch very early, then the Stormtracker meteorologists say to expect lighter snow showers on and off through the day but becoming fewer in number by lunch time.  

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY EVENING

A few schools have already delayed for Thursday morning as we expect wind chill marks as cold as -15F through mid morning.  A light snow is likely overnight after midnight and through the morning hours.  Very light accumulations in the lowlands with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation in areas around and east of Summersville.  The Stormtracker 13 Meteorologists already see another round of this kind of air early next week after some wet snow on Saturday when highs will jump above 32F. 

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY MORNING

The snow has ended but the single digit temperatures are a problem with the BLACK ICE.  Anything that was treated on the roadways yesterday has completely frozen over this morning.  Many chemicals are having a hard time working at these temperatures if it was wet late Tuesday evening.

Wind chills are below zero and in some cases in the teens below zero.  Wind Chill Advisories have been issued for the mountains of WV and across SE Ohio.  This means that Frost Bite can set in within 15 to 20 minutes.  Snow showers will move back in tonight, after midnight, and that will mean a light dusting in the lowlands of KY, OH and WV but we'll see 1 to 3 inches of snow in the mountains.  This snow will fall throughout the day on Thursday and end early on Friday morning before sunrise.

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UPDATE TUESDAY EVENING

Many schools have already canceled or delayed for Wednesday.  http://www.wowktv.com/category/223083/school-closings The focus of the storm system is now along the major cities of the East Coast.  Our focus will be cold temperatures and bitter wind chills below zero even through mid day Wednesday.  Watch for icy areas on sidewalks, driveways, and all secondary roads.  

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UPDATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Snow in Charleston and Huntington has turned very light but hard snow is still falling in the Summersville area.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says I-64 conditions are greatly improved.  However temperatures are falling into the low 20s and side roads and untreated areas are starting to freeze over.  At least two afternoon wrecks have been reported along I-77 north of the Charleston area.  Motorists in Kanawha County have been asked by Metro 911 to avoid all unnecessary travel through the remainder of the afternoon. 

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UPDATE TUESDAY MID-MORNING:

The snow continues but we're looking at larger snowflakes.  This is right on target and exactly what we were forecasting.  The larger flakes will be much easier to blow around and will create some white out conditions on occasion.  North winds will be a problem at 15 to 25 mph midday today and in the mountains some gusts will blow at 30mph.

Snow totals are still on target at the HALF FOOT range from Timberline to Snowshoe and that's and easy accumulation.  We could see some higher amounts of 8 inches on order.  To the northwest of those locations we are expecting some 8 inch amounts from Sutton to Summersville.

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UPDATE TUESDAY MORNING:

Rapid snowfall rates 1 to 2 inches per hour are occurring this morning and that will lead to very difficult driving conditions.  Snow totals in the mountains are expected to top out around 6 inches with isolated amounts around 8 inches near Summersville!

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UPDATE LATE MONDAY NIGHT:

MORE counties have been added into the Winter Storm Warning, shifting the warning area a few miles west.  Lincoln, Putnam and Jackson Counties in West Virginia have been added tot he Winter Storm Warning which calls for roughly 3 to 6 inches of snow.  At 11pm some snow has moved into the Cincinnati area as well as some light rain.  This is the initial round of precipitation that should be here before dawn.  The light, fluffy snow will follow the rest of the morning and linger through the day.  

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UPDATE MONDAY EVENING:

Temperatures are currently falling rapidly in southeast Ohio into the low 30s at 8pm.  Snow is still several hours away but all Warnings and Advisories are still set to start after midnight.  All weather alerts will instantly scroll on the top of www.wowtkv.com.  

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UPDATE MONDAY AFTERNOON

Weather models continue to converge on an outcome that creates several inches of snow in the region during the day Tuesday.  Snow should be ongoing even at sunrise.  Amounts will be higher with higher elevation.  Temperatures north of us in Michigan are now dropping rapidly through the 20s and despite a beautiful 50 degree Martin Luther King Jr. holiday here, temperatures are expected to sharply drop after midnight.  

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A winter storm will impact Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia early Tuesday and it will bring accumulating snow across the region.  This snow will have significant travel impacts and can quite possibly strand travelers in the mountains across Appalachia.

Tuesday, this snow storm will start after midnight on and the heaviest snow showers will be just before sunrise and continue through midday on Tuesday.  Snow totals will be 1 to 3 inches along the Ohio River and points to the north of there with some similar totals in eastern Kentucky and near Huntington.  In the Kanawha River Valley around Charleston, we have totals near 3 to 4 inches.  In the mountains of WV we're looking at totals of 4 to 6 inches with the highest amounts of 6 to 8 inches around Canaan and Timberline.   Light snow will then be off and on into the evening hours of Tuesday and night. 

"We see another chunk of Arctic air moving in, but this one is not as cold as the previous one two weeks ago.  The difference this time will be lows just above zero with highs near 20, as opposed to lows below zero and highs that never made it to 20," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

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Wednesday will be dry and there will be some sunshine to help it "feel" better but it will be bitterly cold especially to start the day with single digit lows.  Wind chills will start off around -5 degrees.  Highs will top out in the low 20s.

Thursday will be another day of snow showers and a brief clipper system will pass through the region with a quick shot of snow.  Accumulations will be light but and we're looking for a dusting to 1 inch at this point.  Lows will be in the teens and highs will be in the low 20s.

Friday starts out back down in the single digits but it will be dry.  Then we rebound to the mid to upper 20s.  That sets us up for another rebound on Saturday to the mid to upper 30s and a wintry mix.

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