The Times West Virginian

January 2, 2014

Cold, snowy weather in forecast

About 1-3 inches are expected in town

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Residents should use caution as cold, snowy weather approaches the area.

Dave Samuhel, Accu-Weather.com meteorologist, said the snow appears to be coming today around mid-afternoon and will continue falling into the evening. Approximately 1 to 3 inches are expected to accumulate in town, but areas to the east in the higher elevations could get 3 to 6 inches.

The snowfall will coincide with the arrival of cold air, he said. People can anticipate the arrival of gusty winds and temperatures dropping quickly into the teens tonight.

Prior to the storm, temperatures should reach 38 degrees, but will go all the way down to 9 degrees tonight. Friday’s high temperature is only 17 degrees, Samuhel said.

He said some snow showers — probably only a coating — are also predicted for Friday morning.

Samuhel explained that there has been a stalled front to the North across southern New England. The cold air generated in Canada wants to head south and is going to combine forces with the snow to really accelerate the drop in temperatures tonight.

This arctic air will win the battle for the next couple weeks, he said. The weather should warm up briefly going into the weekend, but then the extreme cold should return the middle of next week.

The very cold temperatures as the snow falls will be a shock, Samuhel said. He urged people to be careful Friday night because the cold could cause problems. Residents should make sure they have appropriate gear to handle the weather in case of an emergency.

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