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Last month saw record warm temperatures across the Mountain State – the El Nino effect successfully created a near 50° average for December temperatures in Charleston; however, any hopes for a mild winter may be a bit premature.
The National Weather Service in Charleston issued the following notice to residents Saturday morning:
“Winter roars back in tomorrow, more snow Tuesday / Wednesday and much colder!”
According to the federal agency, Saturday evening’s rain showers will transition to snow showers late AM / early PM on Sunday. The snow is expected to end either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Lowland areas should not expect any more than a .5” coating of snow, while higher elevations will see between one and three inches of snow.
Perhaps even more unsettling than the snow will be the cold temperatures, wind chills and speeds. Though Charleston’s Yeager Airport checked in at 50° Saturday night, the Weather Service has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for the West Virginia counties of Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas and Randolph.
The special weather statement cautioned residents of these localities that, “A strong cold front will cross Sunday morning with gusty showers. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph as the front crosses… This may blow debris on roads and cause some power outages.”
In addition to the strong winds, the Charleston office advised residents to expect falling temperatures behind the font.
Another round of snow showers and windy conditions are expected late Tuesday into Tuesday night.
West Virginia residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with special needs.
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