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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible for the Area Today into Tonight

An approaching disturbance will continue to support above normal temperatures in the area today, as well as an increasing flux of moisture under strong southerly flow. This combination will impose active weather starting today with strong to severe thunderstorms streaming in from the west. Damaging wind gusts, heavy downpours, large hail, and tornadoes may accompany convection today. Read More >

 Event Summary

A historic late season snowstorm impacted the higher elevations of the West Virginia mountains on May 1-4, 2023, breaking all-time May snowfall records for our County Warning Area and the state of West Virginia, as a large disturbance stalled/spun north of the region, resulting in an extended high elevation snowfall event. Snowfall amounts up to 16" were reported in portions of Pocahontas and Randolph counties at elevations above 4,000 feet, with amounts steadily decreasing at lower mountain elevations. Most accumulating snowfall occurred at elevations near/above 3,000 feet. The highest snowfall total reported was 20.3" near Davis, WV, which is just outside of the NWS Charleston forecast area. This total shattered the former largest May snowstorm on record for the state of West Virginia by over 8". New state snowfall records for 'Largest 24-Hr May Snow' and 'Snowiest May' were also set by the aforementioned Davis, WV snowfall amount. A new state 'Greatest May Snow Depth' record was also set with this storm by our Cooperative Observer site in Snowshoe, WV. They reported an incredible snow depth of 15" on the morning of May 4th! This was certainly a storm for the West Virginia record books, and one that will not be soon forgotten.

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Monongahela N. F. (~4400 ft)

(Photo Credit: Christina Roach)

Snowshoe Mountain (~4800 ft)

(Photo Credit: Peter Forister)

Pocahontas County (~4300 ft)

(Photo Credit: Jeremy Cutlip)

Snowshoe Mountain (~4800 ft)

(Photo Credit: Snowshoe Mtn. Resort)

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