WINTER STORM WARNINGS:
THROUGH 1 PM MONDAY: GREENBRIER, POCAHONTAS, NICHOLAS, FAYETTE, RALEIGH COUNTIES
THROUGH 10 AM MONDAY: SUMMERS, MONROE, WYOMING, MCDOWELL, MERCER COUNTIES
THROUGH 7 AM MONDAY: GILES, BLAND, TAZEWELL COUNTIES
As the night goes on everyone will turn over to snow. Heavy snow with rates of 1-2″ are possible which will bring a quick coating to the ice and sleet we’ve already had. Overall travel will be difficult to near impossible overnight and is not recommended, as winds will be gusting to 30+mph throughout the storm as well causing issues with blowing snow further reducing visibility.
Monday, we’ll see the tail end of our storm work its way out through the late morning. Behind the storm, we’ll watch a vigorous northwest flow begin to set up across the area. This will spark up lingering upslope snows throughout Monday. Additional accumulations will add up in the most persistent areas and bring us to our final totals. Highs on Monday are expected to be in the 20s and 30s.
Snowfall totals will be a wide range from lowered totals due to mixing along the western coalfields to the highest accumulations across the mountains and eastern slopes of Pocahontas and western Greenbrier counties. Our final call does our best to account for potential mixing across the coalfields, some concern lies across the Greenbrier River Valley where mixing could be an issue as well but we’ve decided to leave the area as is. Generally, at least 4 inches is expected for most regardless, with the highest totals in the higher elevations and eastern facing slopes throughout Sunday and into Monday.
Tuesday in the wake of our Sunday-Monday storm, we should see the last of any remaining upslope snows but for the most part, the forecast is looking drier but cloudier through the day. Highs will struggle to above the freezing mark through the afternoon though as winds out of the northwest continue.
Wednesday highs will climb quickly out of the 20s in the morning and soar back into the 40s by the afternoon as winds pick back up out of the south ahead of an approaching cold front. Winds will be strong with gusts up to and over 30mph possible at times. We’ll see a decent dose of rain throughout the day that will help to melt any remaining snow across the region. Some pooling and ponding of water due to the combination of rain and snowmelt may cause some minor issues. Overnight a brief change to snow/wintry mix is possible but most will see precipitation end before it gets cold enough.
Icy travel will be anticipated throughout Thursday as northwest winds keep temperatures below freezing through the entirety of the day. Anything that was wet overnight should be assumed to be frozen as many hit the road, extra time for both commutes will be necessary. Lingering gusts of up 20mph will pose issues with windchill as well, making sure you’re bundled up will be important. On the plus side, no additional precipitation is expected throughout the day.
Friday we remain cold as dry northern air moves in. Highs will only climb to the low 20s and the upper teens while morning lows are expected to be in the single digits showcasing the return of dangerous cold across the region. Overnight Friday, snow showers are possible as a low-pressure forms along the east coast. For now, the extent of the impact for this system is in question but it could lead to some slick travel heading towards Saturday.
Saturday could go one of two ways for now. Either we see snow from a coastal storm forming right along the coast of the Carolinas, or we see a relatively clear cold winter day. Right now, we’re going to leave the chance for some snow in the forecast since the potential is there. Either way it will be bitterly cold still with highs in the 20s and lows in the teens and single digits.
In the extended forecast, we’re continuing to monitor a very cold January for the East coast. No real signs of a warm-up are on the table through the end of the month.
Heavy snow, mixing west of I-77. Highs in the 30s.
Snow showers then clearing, gusty. Highs in the 30s.
Mountain snows. Highs in the low 30s and upper 20s.
Drying out. Highs in the upper 30s.
Could squeeze out a few showers. Highs in the 30s.
Cloudy. Highs in the 30s.
A few snow showers. Cool with highs in the low 30s.
Drying out. Cold with highs in the low 30s.
Cloudy. Cold with highs in the 20s.
Cloudy, Highs in the 20s.