SATURDAY LATE NIGHT UPDATE:
Snow showers have come to an end but icy roads are still being reported across much of the Tri-State. Metro 911 has recorded 101 accidents from midnight through 10:30pm tonight.
Here are some of the official snow totals reported to the National Weather Service in Charleston:
Teays Valley: 5"
Areas that were impacted by the thundersnow band generally picked up between 4 and 6 inches of snow. Other spots had accumulations between 2 and 4 inches.
Now that the snow has pushed out of the region, skies will clear and temperatures will fall quickly. Wind chills by Sunday morning will be between 0 and -10. Sunday will be a bit warmer with highs in the mid 30s before more Arctic air and snow arrives to start the week.
SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE:
A line of heavy snow showers moved through parts of the area this evening causing whiteout conditions and dropping a quick 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Thundersnow was even witnessed in parts of Cabell, Gallia, Jackson, Kanawha, Mason and Putnam Counties. Flashes of lightning were visible and thunder was heard in many locations.
The DOH has stopped plowing until visibility improves on area roadways. Roads are treacherous and visibility is still poor in many locations. Motorists are advised to avoid travel until the heavy snow moves out of the area.
SATURDAY LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE:
Snow showers and snow squalls are pushing through the Tri-State. Expect additional light accumulations and spots of reduced visibility as these snow squalls and showers move through the region.
Roads are still very slick, especially side and rural roads. Temperatures will fall into the single-digits tonight so a lot of melted snow will refreeze over road surfaces, making them very icy.
Wind chills will also fall to between 0 and -10 degrees overnight into early Sunday morning. Bundle up if you must be outdoors during the late night and early morning hours.
SATURDAY EARLY AFTERNOON UPDATE:
Road conditions are becoming very slick across much of the Tri-State. Several wrecks have been reported to 13 News. Travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary.
Snow showers are continuing to fall across the region. We'll see some breaks in the snow shower activity this afternoon, but as a cold front crosses the area later today, we will see additional snow showers possible.
Here's a look at some current snow totals reported to the National Weather Service as of 12:30pm:
Huntington, WV: 2"
Jackson, WV: 2.3"
South Shore, KY: 3"
Greenup, KY: 3"
Prestonsburg, KY: 4"
Ironton, OH: 3"
Portsmouth, OH: 3"
McArthur, OH: 4.5"
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE:
The snow is literally flying into and through the Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia areas with winds recorded at 15 to 30 with a few gusts near 35mph. Some white-out conditions are happening this morning and won't make driving the best thing today.
Snow totals from Vinton and Scioto counties area around 2" as of 8:00AM and are still climbing. We're still expecting 1-3" with some isolated amounts of 4" possible. Blowing snow will be the main problem today with a wetter snow than before because of the "warmer" temperatures today. Most of the snow will be finished after sundown with it continuing in the mountains until 10pm.
UPDATE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT:
The following is a statement about snow plows preparing in Ohio for the coming storm from ODOT District 10 which serves southeast Ohio:
"This winter season has been one of the most active in recent years. In fact, ODOT District 10 has used nearly 37,000 TONS of salt this year... Although mother nature is back for another round this weekend, ODOT is ready.
Beginning at midnight, more than 110 snowplows in SE Ohio will be treating and clearing the highways of snow and ice. Drivers will be working 12 hour shifts, then rotating with a new crew of well rested drivers.
With an expected snowfall of up to five inches, snowplows will be stocked with salt, brine and calcium chloride. As well, snowplows are equipped with infrared temperature sensors, allowing drivers to adjust treatment on the fly."
UPDATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON:
Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for much of the 13 News viewing area for Saturday. Some areas will see up to four inches of snow. The Stormtracker meteorologists currently are calling for up to three inches between Charleston and Huntington with up to 4 inches in much of Ohio and the higher terrain east of Charleston. The highest peaks of West Virginia could see a fresh half foot of snow.
Wind chills as cold as -10 to -15 will be seen early Friday and the icy grip of the current Arctic outbreak will only relent for a few days on the weekend before possibly colder air moves in Starting Monday night.
"We are looking at Charleston's temperatures and it appears we could be below 32 degrees for a good 110 hours in a row with a few dips into single digits, and next week we could see that same kind of stretch of days again," said Stormtracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.
In between rounds of bitterly cold air, more snow is possible with two clipper systems moving through the region this weekend. The Stormtracker meteorologists are calling for accumulating snow Saturday until late day, but temperatures should pop briefly above freezing in the afternoon, meaning there would be some melting of snow at the same time. Driving on Saturday could be a challenge. The snow will be blowing during the day and that will lead to some white-out conditions with winds at 15-35mph.
Sunday the Stormtracker 13 forecast calls for warmer temperatures briefly, however, another late round of snow could briefly mix with rain then change to snow before roads have a chance to freeze over again. Starting Monday night another big batch of Arctic air moves in with overnight lows below zero.
"We do want people to remember to protect people, property and pets during this cold outbreak so limit your exposure to the outdoors, check on folks who may be susceptible to the cold, be careful with extra heating sources, and keep your pets indoors as well," said Adkins.