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Rain Followed by Rapidly Falling Temperatures and Accumulating Snow Tonight Spells Trouble for the Thursday Morning Commute

Rain changes to snow tonight as a cold front brings a sharp drop in temperature. Snowfall amounts should average in the 1 to 3 inch range for most areas. The sharp drop in temperature will cause a quick freeze up of any water on roads and the snow on top will create hazardous travel conditions before and during the Thursday morning commute. Read More >

 

Weather Story from Charleston, WV

 

 

Rain spreading from southwest to northeast this afternoon will change over to snow late tonight. The higher ridges of the northern mountains may not see any rain to start, as the warm frontal boundary is limited on its northward progression by the colder air mass. An arctic air mass settles in quickly behind the cold front. This is likely to result in slick areas on roadways for the Thursday morning commute given rain freezing beneath the accumulating snow, even though generally only an inch or two is expected. Snowfall can exceed two inches in the Huntington tri-state area, as well as the higher northern mountainous terrain. Snow tapers off first thing Thursday morning, though snow showers may linger over the mountains into the afternoon. Temperatures recover very little Thursday, as we slip into the deep freeze through Saturday morning. Lows will be in the single digits across much of the area, with highs in the 20s for much of the area, teens higher mountainous terrain.

 

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Winter specific forecast information can be obtained from our Winter Weather/Probabilistic Snow Forecast page.