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Heavy Snow Continues Across The Virginias

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THURSDAY MIDDAY UPDATE:

Heavy snow is moving back across the area after making its push to the NW. The Nor'easter is continuing to move further up the east coast, circulating the snow back around before it exits off to our east. Moderate to Heavy snowfall could continue into mid afternoon, clearing out from west to east late in the day. Flurries are possible for the higher terrain into the overnight but all areas clear out tonight, but it's juts temporary.

A fast moving Clipper system will move into the area on Friday bringing with it a wintry mix into the afternoon.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:

Heavy snow continues across the area as the Nor'easter moves up the east coast. Reports are coming in of up to a foot of snow throughout much of southern West Virginia with some areas seeing close to 15". The heavy snow will continue throughout the morning hours as wrap-around moisture off the area of low pressure pushes into the area. Snow will backtrack across the area from west to east as the Nor'easter moves further to our north, finally exiting late this afternoon/evening.

Snow is falling faster than road crews can keep the roads cleared so travel is not advised throughout the day. Temperatures will stay below freezing for most areas so the snow will stick around throughout the overnight, making for a slick Friday morning commute.

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LATE WEDNESDAY/EARLY THURSDAY UPDATE:

We've had to adjust our snow totals slightly based on the heavy bands of snow that formed and moved through the area.  Many locations have already seen close to 12 inches of snow and it continues to fall at heavy rates in some spots.

Roads are treacherous.  Do not attempt to drive until the snow has stopped and road crews have had a chance to plow and salt.

Snow will continue through Thursday afternoon, gradually tapering off the later we move through our day.

Stay with StormTracker 59 and 59 News for the latest.

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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE:

Snow is continuing to fall at a very impressive rate across the entire area.  Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour have already been observed and snow totals at this point range from 4 to 8 inches across the viewing area.  Additional heavy snow will be possible tonight into Thursday morning.

Travel will be incredibly dangerous.  Roads are snow-covered and impassable in some spots.  Stay home and avoid travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

This storm is still on track to dump a significant amount of snow across the entire 59 News viewing area.  Please keep sending us your weather reports and snow totals!

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WEDNESDAY EARLY EVENING UPDATE:

Our first major winter storm is beginning to push its way into the area.  Snow has already begun falling in many locations, quickly accumulating on grassy and cold surfaces.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS are in effect for the entire 59 News viewing area through 4pm Thursday for significant snow accumulations.

5 to 9 inches of snow are likely to fall in Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming & McDowell Counties in WV as well as Tazewell and Bland Counties in VA.  8 to 12 inches of snow with some locally higher amounts are likely in the eastern half of the 59 News viewing area including Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers and Mercer Counties in WV.

Snow will pick up in intensity overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.  Intense snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times.

Travel is not advised until the snow stops early Thursday evening.  Heavy snow will quickly accumulate on roads and visibility will be significantly reduced.

Snow will taper off during the late afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday and quieter weather briefly moves in Thursday evening and early Friday.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

A major winter storm is currently brewing in the south and will turn into a Nor'easter and head up the coast. Portions of the Carolinas and Georgia are dealing with significant sleet and freezing rain as this storm system continues to develop. Look for snow showers to push their way into the area throughout the afternoon. Heavy snow possible throughout the overnight, especially in the southern counties of West Virginia and NW Virginia. Snow accumulations will be the highest along the ridge of the Appalachian mountains and down the eastern side of the slope. Portions of I-81 in VA could see a foot or more of accumulating snowfall into Thursday morning.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the entire 59 News viewing area for the possibility of up to a foot of snow accumulations in some areas. The hardest hit counties look to be the southern parts of Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe & Mercer counties in WV and Tazewell & Bland counties in VA. These counties could see snowfall totals in the 8" to 12" range. Snow totals drastically drop off outside of the 59 News viewing area with possible 5" to 8" in Raleigh, Fayette, McDowell & Wyoming counties, dropping to just a few inches possible in Kanawha county.

The storm system will exit the area throughout Thursday afternoon will some late day sunshine possible for the western parts of the area.