There may be a brief round of sleet mixing with a quick round of freezing rain, but we are primarily expecting rain changing quickly over to snow. Snow totals north of Wheeling will range from 4 to 6 inches and in the southern part of West Virginia's northern panhandle, we will see 5 to 8 inches of snow.
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE:
There are no significant changes to the forecast at this point. Later today, WINTER STORM WARNINGS will be issued for parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia with a layer of ice to deal with as well.
"This has the potential to be catastrophic for some people, especially when you add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice," meteorologist Bryan Hughes says, "bring in snow and then a 10 to 15 mph wind...that is not a great combination."
Ice accumulations will be highest in the Tri-State, right around Huntington beginning late Sunday afternoon. Then we are expecting snow on top of that layer of ice. Ice accumulations of 1/4" to at maximum of 1/2" are possible. Snow totals after that could be on order of 4 to 6 inches with isolated amounts higher than that.
Ice accumulations in the Charleston area will be .10" to .25" with snow totals fairly similar to Huntington. The only difference will be timing. We're expecting it to start later on Sunday night, just after sunset.
Southern Ohio will see a brief round of ice beginning in the early afternoon on Sunday from Portsmouth to Marietta. This line will slowly move south through the day and the freezing rain will slowly transition to sleet and then snow. 1/4" of ice accumulation is possible with 4 to 6 inches of snow.
SE Kentucky and the Coal Fields of West Virginia are looking at a rain for most of Sunday followed by a brief round of freezing rain and sleet near midnight. This will rapidly transition to snow with snow totals of 2 to 5 inches possible.
Winter Storm Watches have been posted for the majority of the 13 News viewing area for Sunday and Monday, with the threat of everything from rain to ice, sleet and snow.