By Erik Taylor
Our area of low pressure sets its sights on top of the region today. Gusty winds continue with wind speeds upwards of 30 -40mph. Colder air continues to pump in quick with even some steady snow showers. Temperatures are around freezing and falling with wet roads around the area. A good dusting can be found already in the Coalfields on the cars as well as the grass so allow a bit of extra time in that commute. Warm layers back in full force.
A Wind ADVISORY is in place through Friday morning. Winds will be sustained out of the southeast at 20-30 mph with wind gust up and over 50 mph. Watch out in the high profile vehicles especially on bridges and overpasses where a crosswind looks to make driving difficult. For a county by county breakdown head here: www.wvnstv.com/weatheralerts.
A Winter Travel ADVISORY is in place through Friday morning for Raleigh, Mercer, Tazewell, Summers, western Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Fayette, Wyoming, and McDowell counties. 1-3″+ of snow is expected in these areas with very gusty winds creating whiteout conditions.
Snow showers, squalls, and gusty winds continue across the area leading to dangerous travel concerns. Temperatures look to crash into the 30s with wind chills in the teens. Have the warm layers ready and allow extra time in your travels.
GUSTY WINDS: As the storm wraps up northwesterly winds take over at 20-25 mph sustained with gusts still around 40 mph. The concern is still there for power outages with trees falling on lines do to the saturated ground and even whiteout conditions with the snow.
SNOW TOTALS (See Map Above): Most areas will be around 3-5″ from Snowshoe to Rainelle and even right on into Beckley. 1-3″ from Lewisburg to Bluefield and down to Tazewell. Good dusting White Sulphur out to Union and along WV-92. Road conditions will deteriorate fast as a result so limit your travels if you can.
Localized spots of 5″-8″+ from Quinwood, Clearco, Slatyfork, Snowshoe, Richwood, West Union, Northbend, Raintown, and Mingo. Whiteout conditions and accumulations on WV-39, trucking Rt. 150, US-19, and even Rt. 60.
Slick roads will be likely especially as we work further along into the afternoon and evening hours.Good news is that the air is not as cold as last week so it will take a bit longer for snow to stick.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Heading into the weekend were looking good with a slow warming trend. Highs start in the 30s for Friday, 40s for Saturday and 50s by Sunday underneath sunny skies.
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