Weekend reprieve but frigid temps set to return Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first winter blast of 2014 forced the closure of most county school systems in West Virginia Friday.

Snow amounts ranging from half-inch to a half-foot covered the state Friday morning with temperatures in the teens.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ray Young said on Friday’s MetroNews Morning News, following moderating temperatures on Saturday and Sunday the state could expect a repeat performance of Friday morning’s weather Sunday night.

“A cold front is going to come through, we may get a little bit of rain on the front end, then we’re going to flash freeze Sunday night as cold air comes in and then get an inch or two of snow on top of it,” Young said.

Temperatures will fall through the day Monday and end up in the single-digits by Monday afternoon.

Young said the jet stream is diving over the eastern half of the U.S. providing a path for the cold arctic air to dive straight down over the continental U.S. without being modified.

Young said there’s not much major snow accumulation totals with these storm systems because there’s not much moisture coming from the south.

The cold temperatures will be the story going forward beginning Monday into Tuesday with the lowlands reaching the single digits and the higher elevations going below zero. Young said there could be record lows reached.

“It’s certainly possible. These are historic levels of cold air,” he said.


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