By Erik Taylor, Meteorologist
A stubborn storm system will give us bouts of snow and cold over the next few days. This is “Not A Bread or Milk Event.” Before it is all said and done some locations could be measuring snow by the foot including right here in the “Two Virginia’s.”
Winter Storm Watches and Advisories are now in place from Monday evening through Thursday morning for all of our counties across the “Two Virginia’s.” Plowable snowfall will occur in this time frame along with dangerous travel and even a few power outages.
Most locations will initially start as a rain snow mix before changing over to all snow during the evening hours. Even before the changeover and after road conditions will deteriorate fast with poor visibility likely as the winds crank up.Snow continues through Wednesday evening before the system wraps up early Thursday morning. Temperatures at this point will fall down into the teens and 20s.
Timing on when that snow looks to start will be around lunchtime to 2pm afternoon. The heaviest of the snow will be late Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Roads will be covered up at this point and dangerous for travel. Power outages are also likely due to the weight of the snow on power lines and trees due to the high water content. Have a plan ready to go with stocking your car with a winter weather kit if you get stranded, buying food, water, batteries, and getting medicine to spend the duration of the storm indoors.
THE BIG SNOWFALL TOTALS – (MAP ABOVE)
Snowfall totals will be on the order of 4-8″+ for most of southern WV and southwest VA. The “Coalfields” down around McDowell, Wyoming, Tazewell, Buchanan counties we are looking to see 2-4″ due to some mixing which could compact the totals. The big winners for this event lie with the New River and Greenbrier Valleys. 6-8 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, 8″+ of snow is expected.
HOW TO STAY PREPARED
Keep the phone nearby for latest on our free StormTracker59 mobile app that is available at the GooglePlay/Apple store. Also stay tuned for on the air updates throughout the day and on our website at wvnstv.com/weather. You can also send us your pictures to StromTracker59 at Facebook and Twitter.