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The First Area-Wide Snow of 2022 Set To Snarl The Evening Commute
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 8:12 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 12:57 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Early hazy sunshine is clouding over, and we’ll be tracking snow pushing eastward into our area as we turn into the afternoon. The first flakes that show up on the radar won’t quite reach the ground, as the dry air near the surface will need to saturate before allowing those flakes full access... But once it begins, look for the snow to become steady at times fairly quickly. Our developing area of low pressure will track to our south, but closer than the system that just missed us earlier in the week. The result will be snowfall rates approaching 1″-per-hour right around the traditional time of the evening drive and night-time activities. Please make advance preparations, leave early, or even avoid the roads entirely this evening as things will get snow covered.

This storm will be a quick-hitter, tapering off to lighter snow and flurries after midnight tonight. All told, much of the I-64 corridor near and west of the West Virginia border will be looking at 2″- 5″ of snow, with 3″- 6″ of snow eastward from there into the Kanawha Valley. Areas south of I-64 not only will be looking at 3″- 6″ of snow, but there will be elevated spots ending up closer to 8″ of snow. Across the river into Ohio, the snow will stay lighter, becoming more like 1″- 3″ of snow along and north of US-35 in Ohio. Scattered flurries continue into Friday morning, potentially putting out another quick dusting of snow, but clouds break in the afternoon. Temperatures stay in the 20s on Friday, allowing for full enjoyment of those sled trails -- but also not much melting for those of us who have to shovel. As skies clear out further that night, we’ll bottom out deep into the teens by Saturday morning.

Sunshine carries the day Saturday, even helping to push temperatures back to the melt-worthy mid-40s. Your time to enjoy any of that winter white in the lowlands will end there, as clouds and showers are back by Sunday.

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