Travelers Snowstorm Alert
Late this Tuesday Evening a storm is forming in the Gulf of Mexico and it has nasty intentions for Wednesday and Thursday travelers.
Given the minimal impact the storm is likely to have on the I-64 corridor from Charleston to Kenova to Morehead (a coating in WV, flurries in KY), let’s focus our attention on areas more in the “strike zone”.
While Wednesday daytime travel north along I-77 and I-79 out of Charleston will be fine, conditions will be rapidly deteriorating heading south into Virginia and North Carolina.
Snow will reach Wytheville Virginia on I-77 by mid morning and become steadier and heavier as the day wears on. Heavy snow will change to heavy sleet the closer one drives toward Charlotte. This stretch of I-77 should be avoided until Thursday afternoon.
Accumulations of sleet will reach 3 inches in the Charlotte area while a foot of snow is likely in Wytheville.
Into Southern WV, accumulations of 3"-6" will be common from Beckley to Bluefield on Wednesday night into Thursday. Slippery roads and low vision make this a trip to be avoided until noon on Thursday.
North of Charleston along I-77 to Parkersburg and I-79 to Sutton, Clarksburg and Morgantown, a light covering of snow or even just flurries is the most likely scenario first thing Thursday morning.
I-68, I-70 Western and Northern Maryland, Northern WV
Though the trip from Morgantown to Frostburg, Frederick, Hagerstown and Baltimore-Washington will be fine during the day on Wednesday, heavy snow will slow travel Thursday.
However snow accumulations will accelerate rapidly on Thursday with half a foot in Frostburg ramping up hyperbolically as one drives to Hagerstown, Frederick and suburban Baltimore-Washington where 12”-18” may close some roads at the height of the storm.
I-81, Skyline Drive Virginia
Heavy snow will low visibilities will make the stretch from Harrisburg to Hagerstown to Harrisonburg to Roanoke tough to navigate Wednesday night into Thursday.
Blowing and drifting may close stretches for a time.
I-64 Beckley to Lewisburg and into Virginia
Snow will arrive in the stretch from Beckley to the Greenbrier Valley by late afternoon Wednesday and continue until noon on Thursday.
The Greenbrier Valley should measure 6” while across the state line into the Old Dominion of Virginia accumulations will increase to a foot at Lexington and 18” at Charlottesville.