By Jessica Farrish
The season’s first snowfall may have greeted some neighborhoods this morning, but milder temperatures will hail Santa at Crossroads Mall Saturday, meteorologists promise.
Andy Roche, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, explained Monday that freezing temperatures which started around midnight today were caused by a cold front that is passing through Beckley and surrounding areas.
“I’m not expecting that much (snow), in terms of advisories,” Roche said, adding that residents of higher elevations can expect to see more snowfall than those who live in valleys.
Roche said commuters shouldn’t have trouble when driving on city roads today.
“It’s going to be around 2 inches, so that can be easily removed,” he said.
Some flurries may continue today until the afternoon, but Roche said all the snow should be melted by the evening.
NWS-Blacksburg Meteorologist Mike Sporer said Monday that residents of Greenbrier County may be noticing “wet flakes” instead of the white dust Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming and Nicholas residents are seeing.
“There could be a little accumulation in western Greenbrier County,” Sporer added. “It looks like 1 to 3 inches in higher elevations, but a lot of this is going to melt as it falls, and there’s not going to be a lot left on the ground.
“The accumulation will be on grassy surfaces,” he added. “It’s still early in the season, and the grass is warm, so it’s going to preclude a lot of accumulation.”
Sporer said temperatures throughout the region will “drop like a rock,” and residents of Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties can expect to see temperatures of around 20 degrees Wednesday morning.
Tonight is expected to get even chillier in Beckley, too, with low temperatures in the lower 20s, possibly the teens, Roche predicted.
Wednesday temperatures around Beckley are expected to be in the mid-30s, with another cold night Wednesday.
On Thursday, Roche said, the mercury will creep into the mid-40s for residents of Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming and Nicholas counties.
“There should be a warming trend Thursday and Friday,” he said. “The weekend’s going to be warm, in the 60s, so make weekend plans.”
Santa Claus will fly into Bradley via helicopter just in time for the warm temperatures, landing at Crossroads Mall Saturday at 11 a.m. with goodies and surprises for the children.
Ms. Santa and the elves will greet Santa’s helicopter.
Pictures with Santa will be available through Christmas Eve at Center Court.
Pet photos are available every Monday, starting at 6 p.m. through Dec. 16.
All pets must be on a leash, in a carrier or held by owners at all time.
For more information, visit shopcrossroads.com/sensationalshopping2013 /santa_photos#sthash.HrxvLYJo.dpuf.
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