First wintry precipitation of December arrives

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DISCUSSIONA Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Wyoming, McDowell, Raleigh, Western Fayette and eastern Pocahontas counties until 1 AM Tuesday morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Tazewell, Mercer, and Summers counties until 7 AM Tuesday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Eastern Fayette , Western Greenbrier and Western Pocahontas counties 7 AM Tuesday morning.

Eastern Fayette includes the mountainous regions east of Rt 19. It does NOT include cities and towns along Rt 19.

Snow in the lowlands looks to be very minimal with most seeing 1-3 inches. The high terrain where the Winter Storm Warnings are in place will see much more with some spots picking up 6-10″ on the highest peaks. Travel will be extremely difficult in those locations.

Winter weather alerts.

A Wind Advisory goes into effect is in effect Monday for Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer, Tazewell, Monroe and Pocahontas counties. It will remain in effect until noon Tuesday and until 7 AM Tuesday for Pocahontas county.

Wind advisory.

Snow showers continue on into the afternoon. Travel will likely be tricky through the day with some snow covered roads and some slushy roads. This will be an elevation dependent storm. The lowlands are looking at 1-2″ with higher peaks picking up 3-4″. We could see spots in the high terrain in the mountains of Greenbrier and eastern Fayette counties could pick up 5-10″ with maybe an isolated spot seeing up to a foot. This will certainly cause big time delays.

Snow continues through the evening, overnight and even into our Tuesday morning. We will likely see some mixing take place in the lower elevations which will cut some of those totals down, but the higher terrain will likely be all snow which is why their totals are higher.

Snow Totals

Most of the snow should wrap up by midday on Tuesday, though cold air will hang around with cloud cover for the middle of the week. Highs will be stuck in the 30s for Tuesday and low 40s for Wednesday. We thankfully are looking much more quiet for this time frame though.

Temperatures will be closer to average in the mid 40s towards the end of the week. A weak disturbance could bring a few showers or quick flurries at some point in the Thursday-Friday time-frame, though the likelihood of this is a bit low. We’ll be keeping an eye on it, but for the most part the end of the week heading into the weekend looks to bring a lot of dry time.

Much of November has featured temperatures that are below average, which has allowed us to feel almost like winter at times. For the most part though, our daytime and overnight temperatures have stayed above the freezing mark of 32 degrees and most of our precipitation has fallen as rain. Changes are in store once over the next few weeks as snow becomes a more regular occurrence. To get a general idea of amounts, our average snowfall for the month of December is 12.9 inches (We normally pick up just between 2 to 3 inches in November).

10 Day Forecast.

TODAY:
Snow showers through the day. Accumulations likely, especially in the mountains. Slick travel possible. Highs in the 30s.
TONIGHT:
A few more snow showers. Slick roads possible again. Lows in the 20s.
TUESDAY:
Looking drier with a few flurries possible in the morning. Staying cold with highs in the 30s.
WEDNESDAY:
Quiet. Seasonal. Highs in the 40s.
THURSDAY:
Looking dry. Highs in the 40s.
FRIDAY:
Mainly dry with a small chance for showers.. Highs in the 40s.
SATURDAY:
Quiet with highs in the 40s.
SUNDAY:
Still dry. Highs near average in the 40s.
MONDAY:
Rain possible. Cooler with highs in the low 40s.

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