Frigid temperatures to make brief exit this weekend before returning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Winter refuses to loosen the tight grip is has held on West Virginia for the past week. 

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Charleston said Friday although we haven’t set any records like we did during the Polar Vortex, the most recent dose of arctic air has been consistent and lasting.

“The cold air is really pretty much entrenched across the eastern half of the nation,” said Meteorologist Nick Webb. “We have a blocking pattern set up where things are pretty much staying in place for a while.”

Very little of the snow which struck Tuesday has melted. Rarely have temperatures climbed to double-digits this week. Webb said that isn’t going to change much for the foreseeable future.

“We’ll have a decent snow come in Saturday, mainly the first half of Saturday,” Webb said. “Two to four inches for most of the state.”

The snow will arrive with gusty winds and create blowing and drifting snow conditions. Webb said travel early Saturday looked to be rough. Temperatures will possibly rise above freezing for a brief time Sunday, but Webb said don’t get used to it.

“That Arctic front will come through Sunday night and early Monday with a narrow band of gusty snow showers,” he said. “We’ll go back into the Arctic deep freeze so to speak Monday night, Tuesday, and Wednesday.”

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