Even though the snow storm over weekend lacked much of the predicted oomph, it looks like winter is here to stay.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Monday warning West Virginians that freezing, damp conditions could lead to slick roads and reduced visibility for drivers.
The NWS hazardous weather outlook, meanwhile, says another storm system could impact the area this weekend as the temperature plunges into next week.
“With temperatures below freezing, areas of freezing drizzle and freezing dense fog, along with residual moisture on roads, could lead to to icy spots overnight, especially on on untreated roads, sidewalks, and elevated surfaces,” according to the special weather statement. “In addition, the areas of freezing drizzle and fog will lead to reduced visibilities at times.
“The freezing drizzle may quickly coat roadways with a thin layer of ice that may be undetectable. Please use extreme caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and around curves. Allow plenty of stopping distance and avoid braking suddenly.”
Looking ahead, light precipitation is expected Wednesday and Thursday, with the potential for more severe weather over the weekend.
“There may be light mixed wintry precipitation, including freezing rain or freezing drizzle, Wednesday, and then again Thursday into Thursday night,” according to the NWS. “If this threat materializes, roads and sidewalks could become slick.”
“A strong storm system may impact the area this weekend. There may be accumulating snow Saturday, which may change to rain, which could be heavy. Accumulating snow is possible Saturday night and Sunday. Arctic air arriving Sunday may produce wind chills below zero Sunday into Monday.”