Snow to keep spring at bay

ELKINS -After enjoying a week of warm weather, local residents longing for spring weather may be disappointed by the 2 to 4 inches of snow expected to cover the area by Wednesday.

“We’re looking at one to two inches (today) and an additional one to two inches (tonight),” Joe Merchant, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Monday. “We are also looking at it to be about 10 degrees with the wind chill.”

The NWS is calling for the snow to begin at 4 a.m. today with low temperatures remaining in the teens through Wednesday night. Despite the snow, the NWS had yet to issue any advisories or warnings as of presstime.

Merchant also said there is a potential for “fairly strong winds” from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

“We are as sick of it as everybody else is,” Merchant lamented. “We are definitely looking forward to the warmer, normal season conditions.”

Merchant said it’s not out of the ordinary to have snow this late in the season, adding most West Virginians can remember seeing snowfall as late as April.

However, Merchant stressed there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”

“The rest of the week looks like it will rebound to more seasonal norms, and we are going to see some sunshine,” Merchant said. “We could even see temperatures rise into the upper 50s, lower 60s. And despite some showers on Friday, the weekend looks good overall. We should be getting back to normal.”

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