The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 25, 2013

4 to 6” of snow forecast today

BECKLEY — With cold temperatures already in place, southern West Virginia could see 4 to 6 inches of snow today, with even more in higher elevations.

Raleigh County is under a winter weather advisory from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, with a brief period of freezing drizzle or sleet possible.

Tim Axford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said temperatures will reach a high of only mid- to upper 20s today, but winds should be mild.

Snow is expected to start falling around noon in Beckley, as the northwest system flows through the region. Axford said the accumulation is terrain-dependent, but the majority will come in from early afternoon to late evening.

The timing of this snowfall will hit just as many residents are leaving work or school, so Axford said to take precautions.

Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the NWS in Blacksburg, said most areas in Summers and Greenbrier counties should only receive 2 to 3 inches of snow, but that total could be greater in the higher elevations.

Snowfall should end between Saturday morning and midday, but the temperatures will stay just as cold in the mid-20s.

However, there is a ray of sunshine — temperatures will be in the mid-50s next week.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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