NWS issues Winter Storm Warning

ELKINS — The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the surrounding area in preparation for the incoming weather.

According to their website, the NWS is claiming that a “snowstorm could bring significant snowfall to the area late tonight into tuesday night Winter Storm Warning in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m.Wednesday. The warning includes preparations for 4-6 inches of heavy snow throughout McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

The snow is set to fall during the day on Tuesday, with a steady wind of five to 15 mph and wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

National Weather Service officials a warning that “heavy snow will cover roads quickly making travel hazardous.” Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-20s and to drop into the single digits by Tuesday night, with wind chills “falling to the single digits either side of zero by late Tuesday evening.”

The National Weather Service says that due to the heavy snow that severe winter weather conditions are expected and that the public should prepare accordingly. Residents are advised to travel only in cases of emergencies, and in the event that travel is necessary, to keep an extra flashlight, food and water should an emergency occur.

For additional information, check out the National Weather Service’s website: www.weather.gov/rlx.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.