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Severe Weather Forecast For Sunday Night Into Monday; Winter Storm Warning Issued

Reported: Feb. 28, 2014 4:06 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 1, 2014 11:54 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Brandon Stover ,Heath Harrison) -- The calendar might say March, but we're about to get another big dose of winter.

A dangerous and crippling winter storm will begin to move over our area late Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Extremely dangerous travel conditions late Sunday and into Monday are expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Pleasants, Wood, Cabell, Calhoun, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Wayne and Wirt counties in West Virginia.

Kanawha County has not been included yet, but is expected to be added. Ice accumulations of 0.25 to 0.5 inches and 4 to 8 inches of snow are expected.

In Kentucky, Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Elliott, Morgan, Johnson, Magoffin, Floyd, Martin and Pike counties are under a winter storm warning.

In Ohio, Morgan, Athens, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, are Scioto are under the warning.

While Interstate 64 and areas south will see rain during the day on Sunday, with temperatures 45 to 50 (and even 60 across southern counties), northern counties, including Wood, northern Jackson and Athens, Ohio will be in the 30s.

Freezing rain and sleet big problems are expected in northern areas Sunday afternoon. The colder air near the ground will surge southward by around 6 to 8 p.m., and freezing rain and sleet are expected for Charleston and Huntington by then.

Road conditions will rapidly go downhill, given the ice, and power outages are not out of the question.

Travel is not advised between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m., given the icing. Eventually, freezing rain and sleet will change to heavy snow late Sunday into Monday morning.

Five to 10 inches are expected through Monday even in in many spots, with temperatures falling toward 20 degrees by dawn Monday.

Add it all up, and a half foot of snow will accumulate on top of the ice through Monday. Roads will be impassable and too dangerous to travel on.

The snow will wind down between noon and 4 p.m. on Monday, with skies clearing overnight Monday and temperatures dropping to zero or below by Tuesday morning, creating dangerous cold conditions.

A benign weather pattern is set to move in Tuesday evening into Thursday, with dry conditions and temperatures in the 30s and 40s.




CHARLESTON, (AP, Jeff Morris) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch this weekend for more than half of West Virginia.

The weather service says the storm is expected to start Sunday afternoon as rain, becoming freezing rain and sleet and eventually snow. Six inches or more are possible in some northern counties and 4 inches are possible elsewhere.

The watch is for 32 counties. Cities under the watch include Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling.

Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach said a light dose of snow is possible early Saturday across the area.

On Sunday, the highs could reach into the 50s, but rain could change over to snow or ice later. Barach said Sunday night into Monday there is going to be significant weather with heavy snow or rain possible.

For the latest Eyewitness News Storm Team forecast, click
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AP contributed to this story



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