The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 28, 2012

BLIZZARD WARNING Issued for southern West Virginia counties


BECKLEY — Target Area:

Fayette 

McDowell

Nicholas

Pocahontas

Raleigh

Randolph

Webster

Wyoming

Alert:    



...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON MONDAY TO 4 PM EDT

WEDNESDAY...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD

WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MONDAY TO 4 PM EDT

WEDNESDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS...BEST CHANCES ACROSS HIGH TERRAIN...BUT CAN NOT BE

RULED OUT IN THE VALLEYS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY WET SNOW...AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...RANGING FROM 1 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 2000

FEET...TO 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 3000 FEET.

 

* WINDS...INCREASING ON MONDAY WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH. SOME

OF THE HIGHEST RIDGES COULD GUST TO NEAR 50 MPH.

 

* VISIBILITIES...WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

 

* TIMING...RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW OVERNIGHT SUNDAY NIGHT ACROSS

HIGH TERRAIN...WITH SOME ACCUMULATIONS OCCURRING SUNDAY NIGHT

AND EARLY MONDAY. HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE

EXPECTED MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO TUESDAY. LOWER ELEVATIONS MAY

STRUGGLE TO CHANGE OVER TO SNOW. BEST CHANCES FOR CHANGING TO

SNOW IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS WOULD BE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

 

* IMPACTS...THE HEAVY WET SNOW MAY BRING DOWN TREE LIMBS...

CAUSING POWER OUTAGES OR FLUCTUATIONS. SNOW LOADING...OR THE

WEIGHT OF THE SNOW...MAY CAUSE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...INCLUDING

COLLAPSING ROOFS. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND WIND WOULD LEAD TO

REDUCED VISIBILITY.



Instructions:    A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.





 Target Area:

Fayette 

McDowell

Nicholas

Pocahontas

Raleigh

Randolph

Webster

Wyoming