Western Pocahontas County until 2 PM Tuesday, March 14th.
(including Snowshoe, Spruce, & Woodrow)
Western Greenbrier County until 2 PM Tuesday, March 14th.
(including Dawson, Rainelle, Quinwood, & Northbend)
Eastern Nicolas County until 2 PM Tuesday, March 14th
(including Nallen, Grassy Falls, & Richwood)

Monday AM – Noon Tuesday Storm Timeline and hour by hour forecast:

Monday is a interesting day with changing conditions throughout. As our Sunday system exits, morning snow showers will taper off for a time. By mid-morning, winds shift out of the northwest which brings in moisture from the great lakes in the form of hit and miss rain showers for the lowlands and snow showers for the higher elevations (above 2,500ft).

During the daylight hours, snow will find it hard to stick leaving most roads wet through the day. By midday, morning snows will begin to melt despite periods of snow and rain showers pushing through at times. The march sun will do wonders for us so those looking for a better time to travel should hold off until after 12pm and before 6pm.

Around sunset, now 7:30pm, we’ll see northwest winds pushing 15-20mph bringing in colder air as temps slide from highs in the mid to upper 30s into the low 20s. As our ground cools off, the higher elevations will be the first to see snow once again sticking to the ground and patchy black ice develop. Lower elevations (below 2,500) will have to wait until after midnight for the ground to become cold enough leaving road in ok shape through 10pm. After that, patchy ice will develop for all and passing snow showers will provide a grassy coating. This spotty snow shower chance continues through the overnight.

Tuesday pre-dawn is the best and most likely time snow will have a chance to stick making for another messy morning commute. Remember, with the time change, sunrise isn’t until 7:30am meaning more of us will deal with secondary roads with light snow accumulations and patchy black ice. Aside from the ridgelines through Greenbrier and Pocahontas county and higher mountain tops like Flat Top, Sandstone and the likes, most will wake up to a slushy grassy coating. Higher elevations will wake up Tuesday morning with about an inch or two of wet snow on grassy and elevated surfaces with less on blacktop and sidewalks.

By mid-morning, snow showers come to an end for most with the exception being the ridgelines in Greenbrier and Pocahontas county who will see hit and miss snow showers continue. As high pressure build in Tuesday afternoon, peeks of sunshine for our southern counties is a good bet however, clouds will be stubborn all day. Less sun and cold northwest winds, highs struggle to hit the 30s with wind chills at times in the teens and single digits. Tuesday night, snow for all comes to an end as we embark on a drier pattern the next few days. Despite this, watch for refreezing as overnight lows dip in to the 20s.

Wednesday will be a quieter day as high pressure continues to build in and fade away the clouds. A mostly cloudy start will become mostly clear by the afternoon. Temps will be slow to move but warm up over Tuesday with the mid 40s.

Thursday will be the nicest day of our 10 day forecast as high pressure slides to our south bringing in southwest winds and warmer air. Temps will be cold to start but rise quickly in the afternoon sun. Afternoon highs for the eastern mountains push into the low 50s while the lowlands like McDowell and Wyoming counties push into the upper 50s with some spots cresting the 60 degree mark. A dry day overall makes Thursday the best for outdoor plans or chores. However, Thursday night, clouds increase as our next system pushes in from the southwest.

Friday will be a warm day but clouds and showers continue to build in. Hit and miss to start, steadier and heavier rains are expected for the afternoon as we work our way up to the 60 degree mark. As a large system push through, rain will continue off and on through much of our evening with light rain lasting overnight.

Saturday will start with a few lingering showers for the mountains with the highest of mountain tops getting in on freezing rain early on. By mid-morning, any left over showers will be rain as they continue to work their way out. By the afternoon, west to east, sunshine returns as highs take a hit only making their way into the mid 40s.

Sunday is a drier day overall but colder as northwest winds continue to pump in Canadian air. Morning temps in the 20s won’t improve much as we struggle to reach the 40 degree mark. Add in wind 10-15mph, wind chills will make us feel much colder than the thermometer reads.

FIRST DAY OF SPRING! Monday doesn’t improve much over Sunday despite more sunshine through the day. That cold air is stubborn which keeps us once again below average in the low 40s. As winds calm, it won’t feel as bad as the day before.

In your extended forecast, rain is looking more likely as we warm back to average. As March goes, the rollercoaster ride in temps is nothing new but at least long range outlooks have us a little more steady than we’ve been for the first half of the month. Spring is looking to arrive right on time as we add a few more 60 degree days towards the end of the month.

AM Snow, Afternoon Sct. Rain, Late night Snow. Highs in the 30s.

AM Mnt., Snows, clearing late. Highs in the low 30s.

Sunshine returns! Temps warm slowly. Highs in the mid 40s.

Nicest day of the week. Sunshine and warmth. Highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Off and on rain showers, some heavy at times. Highs in the low 60s.

AM Showers, slow clearing PM. Highs in the 40s.

Drier day, sunshine returns. Highs in the 40s.

More sunshine, cooler than average. Highs in the 40s.

Sunshine to start, increasing clouds late. Highs in the 50s.

Showers return, temps cool. Highs in the 40s.

AM Rain, PM sunshine. Highs in the 40s.