Region braces for winter storm

ELKINS – Residents are expected to battle both frigid temperatures and significant snowfall today, as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A cold front is expected to hit the region today creating a low pressure area, dotted with falling snow, low temperatures and chilling winds.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin McGrath said snow should continue to fall throughout the day.

Snow accumulation is predicted at four to six inches, with four to eight inches and more possible in the higher elevations by this afternoon and evening.

“Winds in the area will be breezy, especially (today), where gusts could reach 15 to 20 miles per hour,” he said.

McGrath expects Wednesday will be colder with wind chills reaching -10 degrees. He said winds on Wednesday will range from 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts reaching 35 miles per hour.

“Unfortunately, there is no warming predicted until the weekend,” McGrath said. “Temperatures will stay below freezing most of the week, with high temperatures in the teens. Low temperatures will be zero to 10 degrees.”

However, McGrath said warmer temperatures are on the way.

“We should expect temperatures to reach 32 degrees by Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

On Monday, residents flocked to local grocery stores to stock up before the temperatures dip and the snow accumulates. At Elkins Kroger, many folks lined up to fill prescriptions and gather essentials.

Elkins Shop N Save was also busy Monday with shoppers. Manager Edward Clevenger said the store planned for this rush on food staples.

“In the winter, we watch to know what’s coming up, weather-wise,” Clevenger said. “We are prepared for this rush. Winter plays a huge part in our sales.”

Clevenger said most shoppers are looking for the same items – milk, bread, toilet tissue, eggs and cases of water.