April showers arrive as snowfall in much of W.Va.

Spring and winter collided in much of West Virginia PHOTO: Mark Bias

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The forecast called for it, but it’s unlikely many really expected to drive to work Wednesday morning in a driving snowstorm. However, for many, heavy flakes and a coating to an inch on the ground was what greeted them as they walked out the door

“It was a really strong cold front that swept across the state. Precipitation started off as rain for many areas, but rapidly changed to snow on the back edge as colder air came in behind the front,” said Ross Giarratana, Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Snowfall accumulated on the ground in areas like Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling and most of the northern panhandle as the day started off during the morning commute. To illustrate the diversity of the forecast, Martinsburg still had temperatures in the 50’s and sunshine.

 

 

Forecasters say the arctic air which followed the front into West Virginia will stick around for a few days. Freeze warnings are in effect for much of the state Wednesday night and Thursday morning. There’s a strong threat to blooming trees, flowers, or garden plants left unprotected.

Cold air sticks around for Thursday, Friday, and into the weekend with off and on rain showers. The more seasonal weather is forecast to return next week.





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