CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians will see heavy rain, snow, ice and frigid temperatures from a strong storm system set to impact the Mountain State from Saturday morning through Monday morning.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Maura Casey said all 55 counties will be impacted.
“We expect heavy accumulating snow up toward the north, especially in the Northern Panhandle. You have an opportunity for heavy rain with a possibility of flooding toward the Tri-State (Huntington area) and into the south central mountains and then when you get into the north central mountains and the Eastern Panhandle, especially the Eastern Panhandle, we’re looking at a heavy icing front,” Casey said Friday on MetroNews “Talkline.”
The National Weather Service has timed the different elements of the storm. It expects a wintry mix in the mid and upper Ohio Valley and northern and eastern counties from Friday night into Saturday. Heavy rain is in the forecast for the Ohio River Valley into the central and southern mountains from Saturday into Saturday night. Snow will be area wide Saturday night into Sunday morning with the heaviest in the Northern Panhandle. Gusty winds are expected Saturday night through Sunday night especially in the eastern mountains. The holiday weekend ends with bitter cold temperatures and wind chill from Sunday night through Monday night.
“When all is said and done very cold air will be filtering in on Sunday which will lead to some snow showers but mainly bitterly cold temperatures for everybody,” Casey said.
It will be single digit temperatures by Monday morning statewide with wind chill at -20 in the northern mountains. The frigid temperatures will continue into Monday night, Casey said.
“It’s definitely looking like a good weekend to stay indoors,” she said.