Additional heavy snow expected

Although snow has piled up throughout the local area, the winter storms aren’t letting up yet – the National Weather Service is calling for 4 to 8 more inches of snow to fall in Elkins between tonight and Tuesday afternoon.

“This is going to be a very similar storm system to what we’ve been seeing the past several days,” Tim Axford, meteorologist for the NWS, said Sunday. “The snow should start falling about 5 p.m. (today) and continue into mid-day Tuesday.”

High winds are not expected to be a problem, Axford said.

“We’re not expecting the winds to be too high,” he said. “Probably around 5 to 10 mph.

“It may pick up a little on Tuesday.”

A winter storm watch is in effect from this afternoon through Tuesday morning for Randolph, Barbour, Upshur, Pocahontas and Webster counties.

“Untreated surfaces will be and snow and ice covered,” the NWS watch announcement stated. “While driving, motorists need to allow more time to reach their destination. Drive slower and safer in a vehicle equipped for these weather conditions.”

After Tuesday, the weather is expected to get warmer, Axford said.

“On Thursday and Friday, the temperatures should start to increase, maybe even into the 40s,” he said. “Hopefully, we can melt off some of this snow gradually, not all at once.”

The NWS has also issued a hazardous weather outlook for today through Saturday for residents of Central West Virginia.

As of presstime Sunday, schools were closed today in Randolph, Upshur, Barbour and Tucker counties.