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Winter Storm Warning Issued For Kanawha County

Reported: Feb. 12, 2014 10:20 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 11:56 PM EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Brandon Stover) -- The National Weather Service has upgraded Kanawha County into a Winter Storm Warning, meaning that dangerous travel conditions are likely and that a general 3-6 inches of snowfall is likely.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (Brandon Stover) --Snow started in the Kanawha Valley Wednesday night, but it was snowing heavily all evening in southern West Virginia.

Beckley had seen 4-5 inches of snow by 10 p.m., and it was still coming down hard.
That storm system, which has wreaked havoc on the deep South, was spreading it's wintry weather northward into West Virginia.

Beckley started to see the snow around 5 p.m. and it came down heavy at times. With temperatures in the 20s across Raleigh County, road conditions quickly deteriorated and became snow-covered, creating big problems for traffic.

Beckley and other parts of the higher elevations were expected to see upwards of 8 inches of snow when all said and done.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, AP) -- Winter storm advisories and warnings are in effect Wednesday afternoon through Thursday for about 20 counties in West Virginia.

Eyewitness News Chief Meterologist Jim Barach said about 2 inches in the lowlands and 3 to 4 inches in higher elevations are expected in Charleston. Snow could start falling between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday and extend through noon Thursday.

Much higher totals are expected east of Charleston and headed south. Beckley and up through the mountains to Elkins could see 4 inches to 8 inches of snow. Motorists who are traveling south from Beckley could see conditions deteriorate.

The National Weather Service said snowfall amounts could vary from 5 to 9 inches in southern counties, 6 to 10 inches in some eastern counties and 7 to 12 inches in the Eastern Panhandle. Up to 15 inches of snow is possible along higher elevations.

Huntington, however, might see just a dusting of snow and Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio may not receive any snowfall, Barach said.

West Virginia counties under the winter storm advisory are Calhoun, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Roane, Boone, Logan, Mingo and Braxton. Mountain State counties under the the winter storm warning are Fayette, McDowell, Raleigh, Wyoming, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Summers.

Kentucky counties under the winter storm advisory are Floyd and Martin. Pike County is under a winter storm warning. A special weather statement is in effect for four Kentucky counties where light snow and slick conditions are possible: Elliott, Johnson, Magoffin and Morgan.

For the latest Eyewitness News Storm Team forecast, click here.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, AP) -- Snow is expected for the region Wednesday night into Thursday with the heavier amounts predicted for the southern and eastern parts of the state.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said snow is expected to arrive Wednesday evening from south to north. It may arrive as early as 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Beckley area and areas south. In Charleston, precipitation could begin as rain before changing to snow by 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Beckley, Bluefield and Lewisburg area could see 6 to 12 inches of snow, while Huntington might only see an inch or less with nothing west of there. In between, amounts will vary greatly from west to east. The current forecast calls for at least 1 to 3 inches the Kanawha Valley, but 3-6 inches just south and east of the city.

The worst road conditions likely will be south of Charleston.

Meanwhile, one third of West Virginia is under a winter storm warning for up to a foot of heavy, wet snow.

The warning is effective in at least 19 counties from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night. The warning area stretches from Bluefield in the south to Martinsburg in the Eastern Panhandle.

The National Weather Service said the snow could lead to sporadic power outages and hazardous travel conditions. Snowfall amounts could vary from 4 to 8 inches in southern and some eastern counties to 6 to 10 inches in the Eastern Panhandle. A foot of snow is possible along higher elevations.

Lesser amounts are forecast in some counties just west of the warning area.

For the latest Eyewitness News Storm Team forecast, click here.

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