Residents in Randolph and Pocahontas counties may literally be on thin ice through much of today.
The National Weather Service in Charleston issued an ice storm warning Tuesday for the two counties which will remain in effect until 7 p.m. tonight. The NWS expects ice accumulations of a quarter of an inch, and anticipates that conditions will be particularly hazardous along eastern slopes.
Jeff Hovis, a meterologist with the NWS in Charleston, said Tuesday that ice storm warnings are issued when accumulations of ice are expected to amount to a quarter of an inch or more.
"Before sunrise, I'd say that likely or definitely freezing rain will be falling across the whole (Randolph) county, but predominantly in Elkins," Hovis said. "It will move into Pocahontas County first."
The official NWS warning cautions Randolph and Pocahontas County residents to prepare for "the potential for heavy ice accumulations" that may occur in conjunction with periods of sleet and snow.
"Ice will make roads very slick, requiring much lower speeds and greater distances between vehicles," the NWS warning states. "If (possible), avoid driving altogether."
Temperatures are expected to range from the upper 20s to low 30s.
Hovis said more snow may be in store for Randolph County this weekend.
"The radar's showing the chance for a snowstorm Friday night into Saturday," Hovis said.
The snow is expected to "at least mix" with rain, he added.
"It's hard to tell this far out, but there could be more than a few inches," Hovis said.
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