WILLIAMSON - While most of the Tug Valley area awoke to only an inch or two of snow on Tuesday, several locations in higher elevations experienced a greater accumulation and the situation only worsened as the day progressed and temperatures plummeted.
A possible 3-7 inches of snow was expected to fall before the front moves out, making for slick travel conditions.
Even main roads quickly became snow-covered and slick as weather-related traffic crashes were reported throughout Mingo and Pike counties and some roads were closed due to hazardous conditions and blockages due to wrecks.
According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, a chance of snow showers mainly before 10 p.m. was predicted to fall throughout the early morning hours of today with the daytime highs only creeping up to around 17 degrees. A bone-chilling overnight temperature of around 4 degrees is expected to create a dangerous situation for those traveling or working outside, with wind chill values as low as -5 predicted. The wind will be from the northwest at 7 to 15 mph with the chance of precipitation at 40 percent.
Thursday’s forecast calls for a chance of snow showers with cloudy skies and a high near 18. Westerly winds will be 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph; chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Tomorrow night, there’s a slight chance of snow showers before midnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 5 degrees and the chance of precipitation at 20 percent.
Friday, the weather takes a small turn for the better as skies are expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Friday evening will see a low of 15. The weekend forecast once again calls for a chance of snow showers with a daytime high of 36 and a nighttime low of 22 on Saturday, with a chance of precipitation set at 30 percent.
Local law enforcement encourages the public to use caution when traveling on the roadways, and to not be out unless it is necessary. To avoid freezing water lines, you are asked to leave hot water dripping in the sink that is located the farthest away from where the water lines enter your home. Also, don’t forget to bring your pets inside or make sure they have a warm and secure place to stay, along with plenty of food and water.