WINTER WEATHER DESK: The weekend brings back more of a mess

Snow Totals Through Weekend113

DISCUSSION: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Eastern Raleigh, Eastern Fayette, Pocahontas and Eastern Nicholas counties until 7 PM Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe and Mercer counties until 7 PM Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Tazewell county until 7 PM Sunday.

After we see some breaks in the snow in the early evening, moderate to heavy snow will return to the area by the late evening and continue into the overnight hours. This is when the most accumulation is expected, and snowfall rates could be high at times. Be aware that the roads could receive a fast coating of snow at times before crews are able to clear it off. In addition, we are already seeing a wedge of warm air pushing into the coal fields in the west. As a result, Wyoming, Mcdowell, parts of western Raleigh counties and some other spots are seeing a good bit of mixing with sleet and rain falling. This will help cut down on snow totals for these areas. Most of the mixing looks to be along and west of the I77 corridor for this storm.  Drive safe and slow tonight and tomorrow morning. Sunday will bring some more snow showers, but coverage looks to get more spotty by later in the day. 

Right now snow totals look to be location dependent. Western McDowell and Wyoming counties will be lucky to pick up an inch. Eastern Wyoming and McDowell counties into western Raleigh county could see 1-3″ We are looking at 3-6″ along the I 77 corridor through central Fayette down to western Mercer county and over to the east. 6-8″ will be possible in the high terrain of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties.

A few things to keep in mind. Snow totals will be less if we see any melting and it is likely we will see melting in spots throughout the duration of the event. Snow totals will also be hurt by any mixing we see take place.  This event is not going to be like what we saw last month where spots picked up well over a foot of snow. This will be a smaller impact, but dangerous travel is still possible in many spots throughout the weekend.

Monday will bring a few more snow showers before we start to clear things up by the afternoon. Highs will continue to be in the mid 30s throughout the day. We are dry on Tuesday and Wednesday and slowly start to warm up back to average. A few showers will be possible early Thursday morning before more dry weather into the afternoon and through Friday.

Next weekend could bring another round of wet weather. Right now we are looking at mainly rain with some snow mixing, but let’s get through this upcoming weekend first.

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Snow showers in the mountains, mixing and rain in the coal fields. Highs in the 30s. 
Rain/snow showers likely. Lows in the 20s.
Rain/snow showers possible. Highs in the 30s and 40s.
Lingering snow showers. Highs in the 30s. 
Dry with temperatures in the 30s. 
Dry with temperatures in the 40s. 
Quick round of rain or snow in the morning. Light. Highs in the 40s. 
Clouds build. Highs in the 40s.
Rain/snow mix. Highs in the 40s.
Rain/snow mix. Highs in the 40s.
Looking dry. Highs in the 30s.

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