Winter Storm Warnings go into effect at 10 pm tonight for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Giles, Mercer, Bland, and Tazewell until 12pm Monday
Winter Weather Advisories go into effect at 10 pm tonight for Pocahontas, Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, and McDowell until 11 am Monday
Tonight, as temperatures continue to fall a strong low pressure will begin moving north into our region. Precipitation won’t start until after 8 pm across much of the region and, especially in our eastern areas, could start out as plain rain briefly before switching to snow. During the changeover period 10 pm – Midnight there could be a brief period of freezing rain which will prove difficult, as this will place a thin layer of ice below our expected snow.
Through the overnight hours and into early Monday morning snow will fall heavy and fast, this will be more than enough to overtake the warm ground from the exceptionally warm end to December. In addition, we’ll see winds growing in strength overnight with gusts topping out into the 30-40mph range by Monday morning. With heavy snow and increasing winds in the forecast, overnight travel is not recommended as visibility will be greatly reduced and roads will be impacted. Travel will be extremely slowed on Monday morning as many people return to work and school after the holiday weeks.
Since this is the first major snowfall of the winter, we urge you to take it slow as the first snow is often when we see the most accidents due to either inexperienced or out of practice drivers moving too fast. Use your common sense and best judgment.
The heaviest snows will be focused along a “deformation band”, we expect this to set up near the West Virginia/Virginia border. This is where the greatest uncertainty lies with how high our snow totals will end up. The hatched areas show where the areas most likely to see more than 6 inches lie, as the band could easily shift into these areas.
Past the mid-morning hours on Monday, we’ll continue to see some lingering snow showers and flurries along the western facing slopes of the mountains due to northwesterly flow which could lead to some jackpots for Pocahontas. Otherwise, we should dry out, but clouds will likely remain in our western counties due to the northwest flow. Winds will be gusty too through much of the day, with top wind gusts near 40 mph. We will be fairly cold, and with windchills, it will likely feel more like the 20s and the teens during the day.
The rest of Monday looks chilly, with clouds slowly clearing and sunnier skies returning. Highs in the 30s are expected.
Tuesday looks dry and seasonable across much of the area with more sunshine on the way. Highs will be in the low 40s, with lows returning to the 20s overnight.
Wednesday looks to follow in Tuesday’s footsteps with a seasonable if not slightly above average day filled with sun. A few passing clouds will be the most exciting weather-related event of the day. Lows overnight fall back to the low 30s and upper 20s.
In the extended forecast, our next potential weather maker lies waiting. For now, it looks fairly similar to the set-ups we have this week. Warming up quickly beforehand with a big quick cool down afterward. The question is after this one, does the cold last? Be sure to check back over the next few days as we get the answer.
As a reminder, the Fall Burn Ban is in effect until December 31 for West Virginia. Take the time to remember the rules, and be sure to use common sense this Fall.
Rain, heavy at times. Watch for flooding. Highs in the 50s and 60s.
Rain in the morning, snow showers possible in the evening. Highs in the 50s but falling fast.
Cooler with snow early. Trace to 1″. Highs in the upper 30s
Drying out, but cold. Highs in the 30s.
Drier, warmer. Highs in the 30s and 40s.
Overnight rain. Highs in the 40s.
Snow? Looking colder. Highs in the 30s.
Morning snow. Drying out and cold. Highs in the 30s.
Clearing up, Sun returns. Highs in the 40s.
Showers likely. Highs in the 40s.