“Our weather is agreeing with the calendar,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Batty on Friday, the first official day of winter, as snow continued to fall in much of West Virginia.
“It’s not a consistent, steady snow like you get in a major storm system, like a Nor’easter or anything like that,” Batty said. “But you get these snow showers that are wrung out, especially, in the western slopes and in our mountains.”
Temperatures were staying below freezing on Friday in much of West Virginia as high winds blew snow throughout the state. Snow accumulations varied.
“You start talking about the Ohio River Valley, like Wheeling down to Parkersburg, Point Pleasant and Huntington, you’re talking about an inch or two and then you get over into the I-79 Corridor, say from Morgantown, Clarksburg to Charleston, and then you’re talking about, maybe, two to four inches,” Batty said.
The heaviest snow was expected to fall into Friday night in the Eastern Mountains, where almost a foot of snow was possible, in places, by Saturday.
Batty says those kinds of snow totals, though, are localized.
“You might get a little heavier snow shower come down, all of the sudden give you a burst of snow and you pick up accumulation and then that snow shower lets us to just a few flurries,” he said.
He says the weather will clear by Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday for holiday travelers.