UPDATE SUNDAY 11 a.m. – Friday the rain came followed my some snow for several sections of the Mountain State but Sunday morning it was the opposite with snow and freezing rain beginning the day to be followed by rain for the lower elevations.
There were reports of black ice on Interstate 64 in Charleston at around 1 a.m. Sunday but by 6 a.m. that had turned to heavy, wet snow. A number of wrecks were reported along I-77, I-79 and I-64 due to the slick and snowy conditions.
A rock slide was reported on I-77 northbound at Mile Marker 3 closing one of the lanes off to traffic.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory stretching from extreme southwest West Virginia, through the Kanawha Valley and west of I-79 until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Meteorologists were expecting ice accumulations of less than one quarter to an inch in counties within the advisory. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible.
Warm air is expected to push into the Kanawha Valley later Sunday and turn the snow to rain. The rain is expected to last through the afternoon and overnight.
“With the rain coming in, we can have river problems especially in those rivers that we had warnings out for earlier, Buckhannon and Belington,” said NWS Meteorologist John Victory.
The National Weather Service has an area stretching from Beckley through Lewisburg and north to Elkins under a Winter Storm Warning Sunday with freezing rain sleet and snow in the forecast. The warning was set to expire 4 a.m. Monday.
Areas in Pocahontas and Randolph counties could expect ice accumulations of one quarter to one half inch and snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Two to 4 inches of snow and sleet are possible in Raleigh and Fayette counties.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for much of the state through Monday afternoon as the snow and sleet turns over to rain.
Most of the precipitation is forecasted to be out of the state by tomorrow morning, with exception of Pocahontas and Randolph counties, which will see the end tomorrow night. Victory said the weather will improve the rest of the week.
“We’ll have a good drying out period with probably a slow warming trend,” he said.
Several roads were still impacted Sunday morning from the rain the state picked up through the day on Friday.
SATURDAY, CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for three West Virginia rivers following heavy rains Friday into early Saturday morning, the beginning of an up and down weather weekend.
NWS meteorologists said the Tygart Valley River would flood Saturday at Mill Creek in Randolph County and Belington and Philippi in Barbour County. The weather service said the flooding would reach what it classifies as a minor stage.
The high water of the Elk River will exceed its banks Saturday in Clay and Queen Shoals. The weather service also issued a river flood warning for the Coal River at Tornado in Kanawha County but canceled it by mid-Saturday morning.
Friday’s rain left behind dozens of road closures in Kanawha, Boone, Lincoln, Clay, Putnam, Cabell and surrounding counties. Several mud and rock slides were also reported. The weather service expected the water to recede by Saturday afternoon. No major property damage had been reported as of early Saturday morning.
The weather service recorded 2.08 inches of rain in Kanawha County Friday, a little less in surrounding counties. Most of the rain was gone by early Saturday morning. Flood warnings posted for 15 counties Friday evening were allowed either to expire or were canceled.
West Virginia’s northern panhandle had more cold air Friday evening producing several inches of snow in Wheeling that impacted the Class AA state championship football game at Wheeling Island Stadium.
The National Weather Service said after Saturday’s break in the weather more precipitation would move in through the day on Sunday. A wintry mix is in the forecast that will start out as freezing rain, sleet or snow and then turn to all rain for some areas.
The weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Saturday night through Sunday for Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas and Webster counties where ice could be a problem. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Pocahontas and Randolph counties.