Wet Snowstorm in WV Mountains
I had a great idea for a blog for Sunday. I was going to focus on my Saturday trip to Pikeville for Hillbilly Days and my stop in Salyersville on the way back to revisit the tornado area.
But a funny thing happened on my way to the forum! When I returned to WSAZ, Josh Fitz briefed me on the risk of a big dump of snow not too far away.In fact, if you have kept up with Brandon's bloig this week, he has hinted that something big could be brewing.
So wouldn’t you know it! The first real wet storm to put a dent in the developing Eastern seaboard and Appalachian mountain drought may well turn out to be a wet “snowstorm” for hill toppers.
Basically, a late season Nor’easter will be plowing its way up the coast on Sunday. This storm will be armed with beach battering waves and high tides, heavy rains and strong onshore winds from the Carolinas all the way north to New England.
Farther inland, the prospects of a large potentially crippling snowstorm is a real threat from our West Virginia Mountains north to the high ground of Western Maryland, Western Pa and Central and Western New York.
If you are planning to travel to Morgantown/Pittsburgh, or even worse to Baltimore through Garrett County Md and Preston Co WV, my suggestion is to complete that trip by nightfall on Sunday. Let me stress Baltimore is not in for a snowstorm, but the road to the Crab City (aka I-68) can experience blizzard conditions Sunday night and Monday morning!
As for the lower mountains of WV, there is a strong likelihood of a half a foot of wet snow from the Greenbrier Valley north to Elkins and Morgantown-Pittsburgh in that time period. That would include the Beckley, Richwood, Summersville, Buckhannon, Webster Springs, Elkins stretch. Power outs are a good bet since the leaves on trees will act as “venus fly traps” of sorts and grab the falling wet snow flakes.
Meanwhile lower elevations like Pittsburgh and Morgantown are likely to see several inches of accumulation, though there will likely be some melting issues to be factored in.
In fact, if all goes just right, it can even snow in the I-79, I-77 stretch of Kanawha, Jackson, Roane and Clay Counties.
More with Josh on Sunday as we fine tune whether this is a “scare storm” or the “real McCoy”.
As for Pikeville and Salyersville, well I will write about that trip after the storm passes.