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UPDATE: Heavy snow expected to wind down for West Virginia Thursday afternoon

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Campbells Creek gets more than its fair share of the snow this morning. Campbells Creek gets more than its fair share of the snow this morning.
CHARLESTON, WV -

THURSDAY MIDDAY UPDATE

The main part of the heavy snow has made its push to the west and is now retreating back to the east. The Nor'easter is working further up the coast dragging the moisture along with it. Clearing will continue from west to east throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The snow will exit the region into the overnight as temps drop into the 20s. Roads will be slick tonight and for the Friday morning commute.

Friday will start off calm but a fast moving Clipper system will move through the area in the  afternoon and evening...providing some rain and snow...changing to snow Friday night.

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THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

A strong storm system will move up the east coast today. Snow will continue through the morning hours across the central Appalachians...the western edge slowly working westward toward the Ohio River. Additional accumulations are likely and the snow will taper off across the mountains by early afternoon...with sunshine returning for southeast Ohio...northeast Kentucky and perhaps western West Virginia late in the day. A fast moving clipper will move through the central Appalachians Friday afternoon and evening...providing some rain and snow...changing to snow Friday night.

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THURSDAY UPDATE 12:20AM 

Additional counties have been upgraded from Winter Weather Advisory to Winter Storm Warning including Kanawha, Clay, Boone, Logan, Mingo, Martin and Floyd counties.  Road conditions are poor with several inches of snow.  Even with light accumulations in the Huntington area the roads could still be slick.  

Reports from southern West Virginia indicate as much as six to eight inches of snow already in Raleigh, Fayette and Greenbrier counties.  U.S. Route 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia has as much as a foot of snow in spots according to social media reports.  

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Snow has already started in Pikeville and Logan but is melting before sunset but will continue and will stick once temperatures fall below freezing.  

Several flights at Yeager Airport have already been canceled for Thursday even though the weather will be improving in the Charleston area during the afternoon.  Once the storm exits this region it will impact the large cities to the north and east.  

Many major airports have already canceled flights and in some cases even moved planes out of the region.  

In North Carolina, snow was so heavy in the Raleigh area that photos showed people simply parking and exiting their cars on the road way.  Interstates in that region were totally stopped in the afternoon.

Roads in southwest Virginia are already snow and ice covered and travel is not encouraged there and a state of emergency has already been declared.  

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

New Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Lincoln, Kanawha, Boone Logan, Clay, Roane, Calhoun, Mingo, Martin and Floyd counties in West Virginia and Kentucky where two to four inches of snow can fall through the middle of Thursday.  Pike County Kentucky has been elevated to a Winter Storm Warning where as much as six inches of snow can fall. 

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Webster and all points east where six to 12 inches of snow can fall through mid day Thursday. 

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WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE:

The Kanawha River Valley is expected to have snow totals in the range of a dusting to 2 inches.  We're expecting Charleston to get around 2 inches for now but the closer you get to the Ohio River the lower those totals will be.  In fact, anywhere north of the Ohio River we're expecting just flurries.

Significant snow accumulation is expected across the mountains of West Virginia and the extreme southeast corner of Kentucky.  Elkins to Summersville to Beckley to Pikeville, KY will see 3 to 8 inches of snow and there will be high variances depending on which side of the mountains you live on.  If you live on the south or east side, expect higher totals.  On the north or west side, expect lower totals.

Along the VA/WV border there is the potential for 12 to 15 inches of snow with very large drifts! People will be stranded if there are attempts to travel Wednesday evening through Thursday! DO NOT TRAVEL IN SOUTHERN OR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA OR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA!

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TUESDAY NIGHT UPDATE:

Winter weather advisories have been posted for Nicholas, Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming, McDowell and Webster for a possible three to six inches of snow Wednesday night through mid Thursday morning.  Winter storm warnings have been posted east of there with a total of six to ten inches of snow possible there.  

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TUESDAY MIDDAY UPDATE:

We've been looking at the latest forecast models and there is a significant snow event coming to the mountains of West Virginia, into the Greenbrier Valley and along the West Virginia/Virginia border. 

On the south side of the mountain chain, along the WV/VA border, we are expecting a crippling storm that will bring totals of 6 to 12 inches.  This could close schools for the rest of the week and strand travelers across the region.  Any precautions should be taken now.  This begins late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday midday.

Elkins to Summersville to Beckley to Pineville/Welch, we are expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow with some totals higher in some areas on the northeastern facing slopes.

Down in the lowlands of West Virginia and throughout the Kanawha Valley we are expecting, at least at this time, a sharp cutoff of the snow.  A dusting to 1" of snow will be possible across this region but we'll still monitor this area.  No snow accumulation is expected north of the Ohio River.  -Bryan Hughes

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ORIGINAL:

A series of fast moving winter storms could leave several fresh new inches of snow across parts of Appalachia between Wednesday and Saturday night.

The first of the winter storms is projected to move toward the 13 News viewing area from the south and east, with the largest impacts across parts of North Carolina and Virginia as well as at least the eastern third of West Virginia before it moves to the major cities of the Northeast.  

"This first low will try to throw snow back at us from the southeast and weather models have a real hard time with figuring out how much when that happens," says StormTracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Adkins says very useful weather models have large conflicts on their guidance amounts of snow.  One example came from the early Monday weather model output when one model had a guidance output of no snow for Charleston while another model had as much as six inches of snow Wednesday night and the first half of Thursday.

"I have seen too many occasions where the models cut off the snowfall from these systems a little too far east, so just as an initial forecast, I'll say the snow could range as far west as the Ohio River. It should be easier to put some forecast amounts on the maps by Tuesday afternoon when we hope the models show more agreement," said Adkins.

The exact path of the storm of course determines how much snow is seen in any given winter storm according to the StormTracker meteorologists.  Currently the largest amounts of snow from the storm in our region should be seen in the Commonwealth of Virginia with decreasing amounts to the west.  Winter storm watches were posted for the chance of five to eight inches of snow and wintry mixed precipitation for Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers and Mercer counties in West Virginia as well as Tazewell and Bland counties in Virginia.  These bulletins could be expanded in the coming hours to cover more area based on new forecast model data.  

"Once this system passes, we have a couple of really fast moving Clipper systems coming in from the northwest late Friday and late Saturday if things hold together.  Daytime highs look to be well above freezing followed by some wet snow and below freezing temps so even a light amount could be really slick, just like we saw Monday morning," Adkins cautions.
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