The Times West Virginian

March 4, 2013

‘A lot of uncertainties’ surround storm

Temperatures, path to determine impact felt by local region

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The storm headed toward the East Coast from the Pacific Northwest is expected to impact the Fairmont area, but exactly how will depend on the ultimate path the storm takes and how high the temperatures get Wednesday.

“If we are going to get an accumulation of snow, I think it will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning,” said Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist with in State College, Pa. “Being as we are in March, temperatures will most likely be above freezing during Wednesday and so it will have a difficult time accumulating.”

If the temperatures do remain cold enough for snow during the day Wednesday, Erickson said, it most likely would be the wet, heavy kind.

However, “I think Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be the worst of it.”

The storm started out in the Pacific Northwest and as of Sunday, was over the Northern Rockies spilling over into the Northern Plains.

The front end of the storm is expected to arrive sometime Tuesday in the way of snow and/or rain as temperatures fluctuate. But the bulk of it is expected to begin in earnest Tuesday night.

“We may be in the mid-to-upper 30s Wednesday so it would be well above freezing,” he added. “So during the day, we could get a decent melting. There are still a lot of uncertainties.”

Those uncertainties center around how much rain versus snow the area would get depending on the temperature as well as the final path the storm will take.

“That’s the thing that is uncertain,” he added.


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