Area braces for another winter blast

ELKINS – Ice and snow is expected to invade central West Virginia today, as yet another winter storm hit the area. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning cautioning residents to travel with care and prepare for electric outages.

“The cold weather will move into the area on Sunday afternoon,” NWS Meteorologist Joe Merchant told The Inter-Mountain Sunday.

Merchant said before the snow began to fall, a tenth of an inch of ice could coat the area. He said there could be anywhere from 6-8 inches of snow fall as the storm system moves through the area.

“Anytime you have ice in the forecast followed by heavy snow, there could be power issues,” Merchant warned.

Merchant said residents in all of West Virginia should avoid traveling.

“After sunrise, all of West Virginia should not travel until the roads are cleared,” he said. “Stay off the roads and if you absolutely have to travel, give yourself extra time to reach your destination. The snow is going to be heavy so use caution if shoveling.”

The winter storm warning went into effect at 4 p.m. on Sunday and was in effect until 4 p.m. today. The warning originally called for six to 10 inches of snow, but Merchant said the models changed the snow fall amounts..