By Brandi Underwood
Spring was in the air Saturday, but Old Man Winter is set to rear his ugly head once more as freezing rain and snow are predicted to plague the region beginning tonight.
What will begin as cool rain today will potentially turn to ice around midnight, said Charleston National Weather Service meteorologist David Marsalek.
“One- to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is possible,” Marsalek said. “That’s a fair amount. That will coat surfaces pretty good and is definitely something to be cautious of.”
Marsalek said the freezing rain will transition to sleet overnight, and then snow will take hold just before dawn Monday morning.
“When the sun comes up, if you’re not seeing snow yet, then it will be a very short period of time until it begins,” Marsalek said.
Temperatures will register in the mid-20s Monday morning, and they will likely remain in the 20s all day, Marsalek said.
Snowfall will continue into midafternoon Monday, Marsalek said, but only light flakes and minimal accumulation are expected into the evening hours.
Marsalek said the snowfall will be relatively consistent across the state’s southern counties with a range of 4 to 6 inches expected.
“Nicholas will probably see some of this rain change over first,” Marsalek said, adding that the storm will then continue traveling down into the southeastern portion of the state.
After Monday, temperatures will hop back up above freezing, but still won’t be warm enough to shed the heavy winter coat.
“In general, we’re seeing mid-30s and low 40s through Friday, and maybe warming up into the weekend,” Marsalek said.
Appalachian Power said it is moving crews into areas of the state that are expected to be hit by the storm the hardest. The utility is advising residents to prepare for power outages by assembling an emergency kit, batteries, flashlights, candles and matches.
Customers who lose service can report it by calling 1-800-982-4237.
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