Winter weather alerts are ready for the next round of snow
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – The next round of snow will make its way toward the Mid-Ohio Valley today. All areas of the Central Ohio Valley are under some type of winter weather advisory that goes into effect Thursday evening and lasts through Saturday morning. Much of the central portion of Ohio’s Mid-Valley, including Wood and Washington counties, is under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Saturday, while the rest is under a winter weather warning until 7 a.m. Saturday.
Before the snow arrives later this evening, the rest of Thursday will be quiet. Cloud cover will be present throughout the day. The good news is that this will be the only day this week that we will climb above the freezing mark. However, this morning will be cold with lows across the mid-Ohio Valley reaching the lower 20s and upper teens. Therefore, layers will still be needed for everyone heading to work or school this morning. By the afternoon, we will see daytime highs back into the mid 30s. This warmer weather will help most of us melt from the first round of snow we saw earlier this week.
Now, by the time we get to tonight, snow will start moving across the Mid-Ohio Valley. The bulk of the snow will start falling after midnight tonight through Friday morning. With snow continuing to fall during the morning commute, this will create very difficult conditions on the road, especially on the side roads. For those who need to travel on Friday morning, they will need to be extra careful and make sure to take a winter weather travel kit with you in advance. This kit can include a flashlight, blankets, an extra coat, water, and snacks. The snow is expected to begin to ease Friday afternoon, but snow showers will continue throughout the rest of the day.
The majority of the Central Ohio Valley is expected to receive about 2 to 4 inches of snow on Friday. For counties under a winter storm warning, some locations could receive up to 5 inches of snow in some locations. Heading east into Wirt and Ritchie counties and near the mountains, snowfall could range from 4 to 6 inches.
Conditions will start to improve over the weekend, but behind this system, more cold air is expected. We will only see daytime highs in the teens to mid 20s on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will drop into the teens heading into the overnight hours. Therefore, surfaces are expected to refreeze over the weekend. We will completely thaw as we head into next week with temperatures back into the 40s.
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