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Winter Weather Advisory issued for parts of West Virginia

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the southern coalfields and Greenbrier Valley beginning Tuesday night.

The advisory stretches from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday for Mingo, Logan, Boone, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Mercer, Summers and Greenbrier counties.

According to meteorologists, 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected with isolated 5 inch amounts along the higher elevations in western Greenbrier County.

There will already be less traffic on the state’s highways Wednesday morning. Federal and state holidays in observance of the life of former President George H.W. Bush means all schools will be closed along with federal, state and county offices.

NWS Meterologist says wintry blast temps won’t last into the weekend

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A wintry blast has hit the state overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, with temperatures falling well below freezing in some parts.

Snow, ice and those temperatures falling caused many schools across the Mountain State to delay classes or even close school.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Maura Casey said some temperatures in the highest ridgelines in the state saw single digits on Wednesday morning.

“We have talking at about 4,500 feet in Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties, lows were in the single digits,” Casey said. “Snowshoe got down to seven degrees this morning (Wednesday). Otherwise, down in the lower elevations we were generally in the mid-teens like Barbour and Webster counties, we were in the mid-teens. We were generally right around 20 degrees down through the lowlands and mid-Ohio Valley.”

Temperatures around 20 degrees through the lowlands and the mid-Ohio Valley doesn’t match the staggering single digits seen in the high ridges but they are still temperatures that are below average for this time of year.

“Based on climatology, it is quite a bit below average,” Casey said. “Our average low temp in Charleston is 34 and we didn’t even make it to 34 yesterday (Tuesday). That is a long-standing average and this time of year it is not uncommon to get large swings in the temperature. So while the average low temp is 34 degrees, it is not uncommon to have lows in the 20 or lows in the 50 depending on what side of the weather system we are on.”

According to Casey, one of those swings in temperatures will be seen this upcoming weekend.

“This weekend is looking quite rainy but the good thing is we are going to be on the warm side of this system,” she said. “We have highs in the 40s coming on Thursday, into the 50s on Friday and 60s on Saturday. Even on Sunday, we are going to continue that warm trend with highs that could get up to 70 in the western lowlands.”

For Wednesday, temperatures will continue to be below freezing and roads are expected to be tricky throughout the state. Casey said the swings with rain and then falling below freezing cause problems on the roadways.

“It doesn’t take much in the way of snow accumulation to have an impact on the roads around here,” she said. “If you have any kind of moisture available.” and get freezing temps, that accumulation is going to freeze right onto the roadways.”

~~  Jake Flatley ~~

Winter storm watch issued in parts of West Virginia

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Parts of West Virginia could see their first dose of wintry precipitation.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening. The area ranges from extreme southern West Virginia through the Potomac Highlands and Eastern Panhandle.

The weather service says up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of snow are possible along with some ice accumulations that could cause downed trees and power outages as well as slick road conditions.

Fall temperatures on the way, along with potentially heavy rainfall

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It’s been an unusual fall so far, but not completely out of the ordinary according to the National Weather Service, but it’s all about to change.

September turned out to be the wettest on record and temperatures returned to summer-like during October according to Weather Service Meteorologist John Sikora.

“They are a little bit above normal and that’s actually causing the leaves not to turn as fast as they normally would,” he explained. “By this time, usually, you’ll see some color in the mountains–but with the warm temperatures we’ve been having it’s been delayed a little bit.”

However, as this week moves along, expect things to take a radical turn. A cold front is headed our way on Thursday which will bring rain to most of West Virginia. Tropical Storm Michael, which is currently gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, could also latch onto the front and significantly increase the amount of rain we receive. According to Sikora, it’s still unclear how the pattern will play out for West Virginia.

“We’re definitely going to have some rain on Thursday because of the cold front,” he explained. “Michael might latch on and bring a bunch of rain close to us, or it might push out to see on the Carolina Coast, right now it’s too early to tell.”

But Sikora said with the front puling in Thursday, fall-like weather will arrive.

“Temperatures behind this cold front will be quite a bit cooler,” he explained. “We’re definitely going to see more seasonable temperatures toward the weekend.”

~~  Chris Lawrence ~~

Flood warnings posted for several counties

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Heavy rain over southwestern and central West Virginia Thursday evening prompted the National Weather to issue a flood warning for several counties stretching into late Thursday night.

The counties under the warning include Mingo, Kanawha, Lincoln, Wayne, Logan, Boone, Calhoun, Nicholas, Gilmer, Braxton, Roane and Clay.

National Weather Service meteorologists said by 5 p.m. between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain had already fallen over the area with another inch or more possible by 11 p.m.

Flash flood watch for many counties in effect into Wednesday

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A flash flood watch is in effect through late Wednesday, as the National Weather Service monitors rain in northeast Kentucky, southeast Ohio and West Virginia.

The West Virginia counties of Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, Ritchie, Roan, Wayne and Wirt are under a flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon.

“Soils across the area are nearly saturated due to previous rainfall,” the National Weather Service said. “Additional showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy rain, are expected to affect the area through late Wednesday.”

Much of the rest of West Virginia is under a hazardous weather outlook.

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