Winter Storm Arrives with Mixed Bag
12:45 AM Update
Sleet is mixing in thru ther Bluegrass as warmer air streams in aloft. Look for a period of icing in Southern Ohio after a 2"-4" snowfall. Best to not shovel your walk since the rain may freeze on the sidewalk.
The wamer air will melt much of the snow/ice away later on today. Shoveling then will be safer.
8:15 After Dinner Update
Had a fish dinner tonight. Appropo since I am getting reports of cars "fish tailing" on snowy roads. Scioto County police tell me roads are snow covered and icy with Rosemount Road in the process of being closed.
Elsewhere, in Huntington roads have iced over and traffic is at a standstill. So far a half inch of snow has fallen but where roads are untreated, glare ice has formed due to traffic matting the dry snow into a thin sheen of ice.
In Charleston area, slip sliding away on roads is common with part of I-64 between Dunbar and Institute closed.
Logan and Pikeville are Coalfield towns unaffected by the evening snowfall as the storm seems like it will miss the far southern end of the WSAZ.COM area.
A moisture laden southern storm is intercepting the cold arctic dome of air leftover from Sunday’s high winds. The result, our first February snowfall is here for many.
Like so many storms, the amount of snow will vary from north to south and east to west. In this case, all areas will have a wet and milder Tuesday afternoon, so any snow accumulation before noon will be washed by then.
Tonight’s snow accumulation will be heaviest in the famous Northern Kentucky-Southern Ohio ice belt where a general 2 to 3 inches will lay from Vanceburg to Portsmouth to Gallipolis to Elizabeth and points north and west of that line.
Along I-64 into the River Cities and Kanawha Valley a sharp cut off will occur somewhere between Huntington and Charleston. Figure an inch on average in this zone. South into the Coalfields, I expect a quick coat at most though roads can be slick because of the cold evening temperatures in the 20s.
I will update after dinner!