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Snow Expected For Region Friday
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Brandon Stover
Reported: Jan. 23, 2013 10:17 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 3:27 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The latest forecast calls for Charleston and Huntington to start seeing snow accumulation Friday afternoon or evening.
WCHS Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach said 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected for Charleston and Huntington. Meanwhile, 4 to 6 inches are possible in the mountains.
Barach said the snow could lead to "pretty sloppy" driving conditions.
Charleston and Huntington managed to escape the snow that was expected Thursday morning, but locations to the north saw some accumulation.
Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said Ripley and parts of Roane and Mason counties received 1-2 inches. Snowfall was also reported in the mountains.
A few snow bands were reported working their way down Interstate 77 Thursday morning and could cause some issues for the region later Thursday, due to cold ground temperatures.
Clouds were expected to break up and some sun could be possible for late Thursday evening. Highs were expected Thursday in the mid-20s. Clouds will move in by night with lows around 15.
Snow showers are forecast to break out early Friday as two systems merge over the central Appalachians. Lowlands could receive 2-4 inches, and the mountains could see 4-8 inches by evening, leading to hazardous driving conditions in the afternoon and evening. Highs are expected in the low 30s.
Cloud cover kept temperatures in the mid-teens Wednesday morning in much of the Eyewitness News viewing area, but possible snow is the next weather hurdle to clear.
Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said light snow could break out between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. from northwest to southeast. This light snow could last through the evening and become more scattered Thursday morning. Although the snowfall is expected to be light, the cold ground could maximize accumulations and slick spots. Stover said 1 to 2 inches is expected in the lowlands and 2 to 4 inches in the mountains by Thursday morning, so the commute could be slick.
On Thursday, a few flurries are expected with cloudy conditions and temperatures in the upper 20s. Meanwhile, Friday could see some brief, but heavy, wet snow in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the low to mid-30s.
For the weekend, Saturday could see a few snow showers with temperatures warming up on Sunday.
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