Winter storm watches issued for this weekend

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A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect or Pocahontas county until Sunday night.

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A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for Southeast Raleigh and Southeast Fayette counties until Sunday night.

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A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe and Mercer counties until Sunday night.

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A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for Tazewell, Bland and Wythe counties until Sunday night.

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Buchanan, McDowell, Wyoming, Northwest Fayette, and Northwest Raleigh counties until Sunday night.

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Happy Friday! Today will be the day to prepare for a winter storm that will be affecting our area this weekend, beginning on Saturday and lasting into Monday of next week. We’ll wake up to gradually clearing skies this morning, followed by afternoon sunshine. Temps early will be cold, in the teens and 20s, and highs this afternoon will be in the mid-upper 30s for most. We’ll see increasing clouds tonight and chilly temps in the 20s. Waking up Saturday morning, snow will begin to develop across the area as a system from the southwest makes its way into the area. Snow will taper Saturday afternoon, then pick back up into Saturday night-Sunday. Not everyone will see just snow, however. Areas along and especially west of I-77 will also see sleet, and possibly a little freezing rain and rain at times Saturday PM-Sunday.

Ice will cut into snow totals, so most areas west of I-77 will only receive minor accumulations (1-3″). Most of Fayette county, eastern Raleigh county, Mercer, and Bland counties will receive a little more snow, in the 3-5″ range. Further north and east of I-77, this could be a 5-8″ snow for Giles, Monroe, Summers, and Eastern Greenbrier counties, with isolated higher amounts across Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. Highs through the weekend will be in the low 30s, while lows will be in the 20s. Hazardous travel looks likely through this weekend, and with a heavier, wet snow on the way, and also light icing possible, power outages may result. We look to begin drying out again by Tuesday of next week. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

Crime

WVVA Weather Authority

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