Snow is right back in the forecast today. Temperatures start out in the upper 20s and low 30s as clouds and snow showers move in for the afternoon hours. Accumulations from 12pm Friday through 12pm Saturday are on the order of 1-3″+. There could be some localized heavier pockets in the higher terrain especially in areas where the banding sets up. Winds will be gusting upward of 20-30 mph out of the northwest driving the snow and driving the cold core in.
The coldest air by far this season moves in after that with highs in the low to mid teens and overnight lows below zero. Wind chill factors will be down right dangerous and even deadly with readings bottoming out at 15-30 degrees below zero. The last time we were this cold was back in February between the 13th-20th where high temperatures reached as low as 4 degrees with overnight lows around -12. Limit your time outdoors if you can, protect those pets, and allow the faucets to drip a little bit so the pipes don’t freeze up.
With all that said the cold lifts out quickly for President’s Day. It comes at a cost though as another storm barrels our way. Models continue to hint at a good accumulation with this one. Keep it here for the latest. Temperatures climb back into the 30s and eventually 40s by the end of the workweek before more cold moves in.
SNOW TOTALS (See Map Above)
Snowfall totals will be on the order of 1-3″+ for most of southern WV and southwest VA. The “Coalfields” down around McDowell, Wyoming, Tazewell, Buchanan counties we are looking to see 2-3″ due to some previous bands moving through. The big winners for this event lie with the New River and Greenbrier Valleys. 2-4″+ is expected in these areas which include Summers, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and even portions of Raleigh and Fayette counties. Moving along US 219, WV-39, Rt. 66, and even northern Pocahontas county where the elevation is a bit high, 3″+ of snow is expected.
HOW TO STAY PREPARED
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