CHARLESTON, W.Va. – From late Wednesday to Thursday, it will be a difficult time to travel in parts of West Virginia, mixing rain, tin rain, ice and snow along the way, according to the latest forecast from the Charleston National Meteorological Service.
Winter storm warnings and hours are scheduled to take effect Wednesday morning and run through Friday morning in more than 30 counties:
Wyoming, Upshur, Barbour, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Randolph, Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Tyler, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison and Taylor
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The NWS issued a winter storm warning on Tuesday afternoon in Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln and Cabell counties. The warning period runs from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Friday, with 2-4 inches of snow, heavy mixed rainfall and ice accumulation of up to a quarter of an inch.
According to John Peck, a meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service, the storm will begin Wednesday afternoon in the western areas of West Virginia, with winter rainfall through Thursday night.
Much was not known Tuesday morning when Peck spoke to MetroNews about what he called an “quite complicated system”.
“We know we’re going to have a long-term winter event.” We know pretty much the accumulation, the equivalence of the fluid, we know how much – approx. “It’s going to rain,” Peck said.
“The big question still remains: how much snow or how much ice?”
From Wednesday to Thursday, Interstate Corridor 64 between Huntington and Charleston, which typically bypasses such storm systems, was the focus of forecasters at this time of year due to atypical weather conditions expected to change during the storm.
“Basically 40 miles on either side of I-64, it’s the main threatening corridor,” Peck said.
“Be prepared for power outages. Get ready for hard trips. “
In general, the highest amounts of snow had to be expected north of State 64, while ice accumulation was expected along and south of I-64.
“It looks like Wednesday night will be our best shot with significant rainfall, and maybe another shot, especially in eastern Kentucky, Thursday afternoon,” Peck said.
Heavy mixed precipitation was possible in the Northeast, North, Southeast, and West Virginia Southern Guard Areas, with more than six inches of snow and ice accumulating, which is at least one-tenth of an inch, depending on location and temperature.
Tuesday morning in the northern Panhandle counties of West Virginia — Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock — snow fell outside the system, hiking from southeast Ohio from late Monday to early Tuesday.
Winter weather councils were scheduled to be wound up early in the afternoon on Tuesday for three to six inches of snow in these counties.
Schools in Hancock County were closed on Tuesday.
School education shifted to a completely remote schedule on Tuesday in Brooke County, Marshall County and Pleasants County.
There will be a winter storm event on Wednesday / tour. in most of the WV / KY and in the south of the OH. Heavy rainfall is expected, with the potential for significant ice / snow accumulation in many locations. You should still check for updates with a lot of uncertainty: https://t.co/aW8kk69eVA pic.twitter.com/a8GuEgnld4
– NWS Charleston, WV (@NWSCharlestonWV) February 9, 2021