NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning for West Virginia

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800px-Tree_branch_after_ice_stormThe National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, West Virginia, has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for most of southern West Virginia, including Mingo County.

The warning – issued at 2:42 p.m. – warned residents to expect freezing rain, sleet and snow to come into the region from the north into Monday.

The warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Monday.

In a release issued to the public, NWS warns “ice accumulations… half an inch to three quarters of an inch over the southern coal fields. Snow accumulations 6 to 10 inches storm total… with locally higher amounts possible.”

Forecasters are calling for the storm to peak overnight and into Monday morning, eventually diminishing by Monday afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to drop through the 20s overnight.

NWS warned, “A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Avoid travel unless it is an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle.”

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