It’s been a while since West Virginia has seen a cold snap like the one which greeted residents of the Mountain State as they headed out the door to work or school this morning.
“We’ve been spoiled with a lack of cold arctic air and these arctic waves have been pretty rare recently,” said Ken Batty of the National Weather Service in Charleston. “Those winds yesterday brought in a cold arctic mass overnight.”
The coldest temperatures in the state on Tuesday were at the highest elevations. Snowshoe and Canaan Heights near Davis recorded the lowest temperatures in the state. Each had -5. Batty says those thermometers won’t be going up much either for the rest of the week, especially above 3,000 feet.
“Some of the other cold temperatures, Canaan Valley had -3, Terra Alta and Glady were 1, down around Elkins and Buckhannon the readings were about 4 or 5 degrees,” said Batty.
Forecasters say the temperatures will be steady until the weekend and hover in the teens and single digits. Although there will be some scattered flurries, Batty says the most precipitation will be light and will arrive Wednesday night.