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This image posted by the NWS Thursday morning shows the areas that could experience minor winter storm impacts this weekend.

Winter weather possible this weekend, but rain likely

CHARLESTON — The National Weather Service office in Charleston says West Virginia residents can expect a mixture of rain and snow this weekend as a storm system moves through the state Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are currently expected to be warm enough that Upshur County should experience mostly rain, according to current forecasts.

“A weekend system could bring periods of snow and a rain/snow mix to the lower elevations, especially at the onset late Friday night, and again Saturday night, which could cause localized transportation impacts,” according to the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook. “Precipitation during the day Saturday and Sunday will likely be rain.”

High temperatures in Buckhannon are expected to remain near 40 degrees throughout the weekend, limiting snowfall potential. However, some snow is expected as the sun sets and temperatures dip to just below freezing.

Any snow accumulation should be limited, at least in the lowlands. Higher elevations are expected to experience minor winter weather impacts and drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in the mountains.

“The best potential for accumulating snow this weekend remains confined to the higher elevations of the northeast mountains, though there is a possibility that some freezing rain could occur later in the day Saturday,” the NWS says. “Outside of the higher elevations, the precipitation type for the mountains is more likely to be comprised of a wintry mix of rain, snow, and perhaps freezing rain.”

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