Wednesday Morning Snow Update
Early Wednesday morning wet snow has accumulated on elevated surfaces across most of southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The snow is sticking to lawns, trees, cars, houses while melting on paved surfaces.
Police reports include slick roads in Athens Ohio where salting was on-going at midnight. In Scioto County, Rosemount Hill was closed above the city of Portsmouth while streets through town are wet. A bit of slush will accumulate on roads overnight where snow falls faster than it can melt.
Morehead police tell me roads are wet, but everything above ground level is coated.
So the recipe for a winter wonderland at dawn is set for the rest of the region as wet snow falls and clings to colder objects while melting or perhaps slushily coating roads and sidewalks for a time.
A new round of snow showers is likely to arrive after sunrise, so a fresh coating of snow can be expected. With temperatures chilling enough below freezing by 9am, these new showers can make bridges slick.
Now all bets are still on for a plow-able snowfall with some blowing and drifting along I-77 the WV turnpike and I-64 into the Greenbrier Valley. Here a half a foot or more of snow is likely. Visibilities will be reduced and travel slow here for much of the morning.
I-79 north out of Charleston is likely to be coated with snow on Wednesday morning. Still the tandem of lots of holiday traffic, salting and some peaks of sun will team with the 30 degree air to make afternoon travel damp and slushy in spots.
I-68 across Northern WV, Northern Maryland remains a hazard all day as falling, blowing and drifting snow conspire to authenticate the famous sign; namely , “adverse weather conditions next 36 miles” from Negro Mountain to Frostburg and Wisp.
Traveling west on I-64 from Kenova to Louisville, north on Ohio Route 23 from Portsmouth to Columbus will encounter a few daytime snow showers.
The concern along the Country Music highway, KY state Route 23, was for wind blown snow showers to reduce vision during Wednesday from Ashland south to Pikeville and onto Bristol.
Have a safe Holiday.