BUCKHANNON — Weather watchers are warning that another winter storm could potentially impact West Virginia over the upcoming holiday weekend, with heavy snow possible Sunday and lasting through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“The atmosphere is quietly setting up for a snowstorm later this weekend, beginning with the arrival of colder air tonight and Friday,” the National Weather Service office in Charleston posted Thursday morning. “Snow showers could bring light accumulations in and near the mountains as the colder air arrives. Then, depending upon the track of a low-pressure system, significant accumulating snow could occur Sunday into Monday.”
Unlike the previous storm to hit Buckhannon, the track of the upcoming system remains in flux, with most models predicting the bulk of the precipitation will fall to our south-east, primarily impacting North Carolina and western Virginia. However, a deviation toward central West Virginia would result in significant snowfall locally.
“A low pressure system will track south and east of the area Saturday night into Monday,” the current Hazardous Weather Outlook notes. “Significant accumulating snow could occur depending upon the track of the low.”
Temperatures are expected to hover in the 30s during the day and high teens at night through Tuesday.
Regardless of the weather, schools are already scheduled to be closed for the holiday weekend, with Upshur County schools dismissing early Friday and remaining closed on MLK Day Monday.