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Winter storm expected to bring up to 5 inches of snow to West Virginia

Update at noon Monday — The advisory has been upgraded to a winter storm warning with total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches expected. “Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” according to the National Weather Service. “Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.” The original story follows.

CHARLESTON — Upshur County is under a winter weather advisory that runs from 1 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Rainy weather Sunday is expected to transition to snow Monday afternoon, with accumulations of up to 5 inches possible by the time the system moves out Tuesday. High winds are also expected, according to the National Weather Service.

“Snow expected [with] total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches,” the winter weather advisory says. “Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.”

The National Weather Service warns the winter weather could make travel difficult during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the NWS advises. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Slow down and use caution while traveling.”

The timing of the transition to snow should occur sometime Monday.

“Snow showers, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 4 p.m. [Monday],” according to the NWS. “Temperature falling to around 33 by 5 p.m.”

The snow should taper off by noon Tuesday, although temperatures remain cold, with a high of just 32 and a low of 18 degrees on Tuesday. Things are expected to warm up into the mid-40s for the rest of the week.

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