First Warning Forecast | Winter storm expected Sunday, Monday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Ingredients are coming together for a winter storm across the region during the Sunday-Monday time frame. WINTER STORM WARNINGS are in effect. Precipitation begins spreading from south to north across the area this morning, with this afternoon seeing widespread wintry weather. A variety of precipitation types are likely at the onset of this storm, including snow, sleet, and freezing rain. By this evening, snow becomes the dominant form of precipitation, and snow showers continue into Monday. Travel is expected to be hazardous, and power outages may result. After the winter storm departs, a brief thaw is expected for the middle of the week before another return to the freezer.
Wintry precipitation is spreading from south to north across the region this morning. This precipitation may start as snow only briefly before switching to a wintry mix of freezing rain and/or sleet late morning into the afternoon. Even a bit of rain is possible as temperatures could rise to 33 or 34 degrees, limiting impacts initially. However, as the atmosphere cools this evening and tonight, any wintry mix of precipitation changes over to all snow. Bands of heavier snow can set up anywhere across the region, leading to quick accumulations and very dangerous travel. Either way, hazardous travel is likely especially after dark Sunday, and power outages may result from ice and snow accumulating on trees and power lines, especially since this snow will be of the wet, heavy variety.
MLK Day on Monday sees lingering snow showers along with a stiff breeze as temperatures sit at or below freezing. The breeze may lead to new power outages. Furthermore, additional snow accumulation is likely with travel continuing to remain hazardous.
By Tuesday, sunshine breaks out with temperatures reaching above freezing to the upper 30s.
A few rain showers are likely Wednesday with afternoon temperatures in the mid 40s.
Rain may finish as a brief bit of snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning as low temperatures drop to the teens.
High temperatures also drop back to the upper 20s on Thursday under a partly cloudy sky.
Friday turns even colder, with afternoon temperatures staying in the 20s despite partial sunshine.
Saturday remains partly cloudy and cold with a high temperature near the 30-degree mark. A few snow showers are possible early in the day.
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