Winter Storm Warning issued for WV ahead of Sunday snow

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for parts of southeastern West Virginia as the state braces for a second round of snow this month.

The warning was posted Saturday for Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer, Monroe counties. Those ares are expected to get hit first with 5 to 8 inches of snow Sunday morning into Monday morning.

Forecasters said the storm system will then move move up through West Virginia. Warm air is expected to turn the snow storm into a wintry mix.

Heavy snow, mixed with sleet, ice and gusty winds may cause power outages and downed trees.

The most accumulation could be in the eastern mountains and Eastern Panhandle with 8-10 inches of snow. Winds gusts could reach as high as 35 mph as times.

The Kanawha Valley could see 4-8 inches of snow. Areas closer to the Ohio River and up into the Parkersburg area are looking for snow totals between 3 to 6 inches.

As of Saturday morning, the rest of the state remained under a Winter Storm Warning, but that could change throughout the day as the storm moves in.

Gov. Jim Justice has issued a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties to get resources in place.

Officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads, if possible, as travel may be difficult.

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