...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 PM EST FRIDAY... AND WIND ADVISORY FROM 7 PM TONIGHT TO 10 PM FRIDAY....
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 PM EST FRIDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES.
* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.
* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
* IMPACTS...UNTREATED ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED. STRONG WINDS COULD LOWER VISIBILITIES AND WIND CHILLS.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
PLEASE REPORT WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...800-401-9563... WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.
YOU CAN ALSO REPORT WINTER WEATHER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE... OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG...NWSRLX.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX
Updated 3 p.m. Thursday 12/20/12
Though winter storm warnings are not posted for the WTAP viewing area yet, there is little doubt that old man winter is on the way.
The first day of winter is likely to see below freezing conditions and the arrival of snow in the mountain state.
While Winter Storm Watches have been posted in the mountains of West Virginia, none are in effect for the Parkersburg-Marietta area.
Significant snowfall will drop 6 to 12 inches along the mountain ridge line, with anywhere from 1-to-3 inches possible in the lowlands.
The most significant factor will be gusty winds and falling temperatures after rainfall sweeps through the region Thursday afternoon and evening.