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Wintry Week Includes Chance of More Snow for Region

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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 59 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 two inches of snow for Beckley while another model had as much as 12 inches of snow Wednesday night and the first half of Thursday for the same town.

"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 we need to be ready to shovel some snow and drive much slower by Wednesday night.  It will 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.