The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 25, 2011

Here we go again! More snow expected Wednesday

BECKLEY — Snow will return to southern West Virginia by Wednesday morning and dump several inches across the area by day’s end.

As of Monday evening, no advisories, watches or warnings had been issued and meteorologists could not agree on the exact anticipated snowfall totals — but the precipitation is coming.

“The heaviest precipitation, it looks like it’s going to go right across southwest Virginia and near the West Virginia border,” said Jan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

The region is expected to see an inch of precipitation, which could translate to 8 to 10 inches of wet snow, but Jackson said not all of it is going to be snow.

“It could start off as some rain or some rain and snow mix type of thing,” he said. “Then after that, it’s going to be changing over to snow. It’s just a question of how much precipitation there is when it changes over to snow.”

Jackson said there’s potential for 6 or more inches of snow in southern West Virginia from Bluefield to Beckley with the bulk falling during the day Wednesday and into the evening.

More precipitation is expected to fall to the south and east, so areas like Monroe County have the potential for more snowfall, Jackson said, and valley areas like Lewisburg could see a little less than others.

Tom Mazza, a meteorologist with the NWS in Charleston, said he expects 1 to 3 inches of snow for most of the region, but a little more in Beckley where he said 4 to 5 inches are possible.

“We’re going to have heavy snow likely coming in before dawn Wednesday and going into the day Wednesday,” Mazza said, but noted it’s not going to snow hard all day long. Because the snow will fall during the daytime, Mazza said totals will be lower.

Before the precipitation changes to snow, Mazza said there is a chance for rain or sleet tonight into Wednesday morning.

Both meteorologists said advisories and watches are expected to be released by this afternoon.

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