The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 16, 2013

Some winter weather expected Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting a wintery mix today for southern West Virginia as a low pressure system blows in from Texas.

Mike Sporer, a meteorologist with the NWS in Blacksburg, Va., said this is a tricky forecast because as the rain changes to snow, in order to predict how much accumulation the region will see depends on what time that happens.

Sporer estimated two to four inches of snow during the day, with precipitation tapering off around 5 or 6 p.m.

Tim Axford, a meteorologist with the NWS in Charleston, said Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties will all be affected by this system.

He said the highest chance of precipitation is Thursday around noon. Rain is expected to start around 3 a.m. and continue until approximately 10 a.m. As temperatures drop, rain will change to light snow showers.

Axford is predicting a smaller amount of accumulation because of the ground temperatures. He estimates our region will see under a half inch of snow with the potential for more in the higher elevations.

As the system moves in, Axford said the forecast could change, so just be cautious.

Although “a corridor of clouds” has been hovering over the map from the Gulf of Mexico to New England, Axford said the sun may reappear on Friday.

Flood warnings were issued for Pax in Fayette County until late Wednesday. Axford said Paint Creek had a possibility of flooding because of backed up tributaries around Weirwood. Major river and stream flooding is not expected.

Axford said the New River has risen, Sporer said the same of the Alderson River, but both meteorologists expect the banks to contain the rivers as the rain tapers off.

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