The snow that was predicted to coat the region Monday night is here today, but will be gone tomorrow, officials predict.
In fact, early week winter weather will be on its way out by sunset today, Ken Batty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said Monday afternoon.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory at 2 p.m. Monday calling for 2 to 4 inches of heavy snow for Upshur, Barbour, Lewis, Harrison and Taylor counties; the advisory remains in effect through 1 p.m. today.
Batty described Monday night's snowfall as a "real quick hitting system" that will be confined to Monday night and Tuesday morning.
"It's going to start out as a rain/snow mix, but as the night goes on (Monday) into the pre-dawn hours, it should be changing over to mostly snow," Batty said. "It's supposed to warm back up as the week progresses and should be exiting (Tuesday) afternoon by the time the sun goes down." According to the NWS website, the forecast for Elkins on Friday is a high of 51 degrees with mostly sunny skies.
Although Randolph County is also expected to receive 2-4 inches of heavy snow between Monday night and Tuesday morning, it isn't under a winter weather advisory, but rather a hazardous weather outlook. Batty said the reason that Randolph County is not included in the winter weather advisory - along with Upshur and Barbour - is because the criteria for Randolph to be placed under such an advisory is more stringent. For instance, while 3 inches of snow in Upshur County merits a winter weather advisory, it takes a 4-inch minimum in Randolph County before the area is placed under a winter weather advisory.
Batty said temperatures will dip into the low 30s, but no significant winds are expected to blow through the region.
"This is not going to be a memorable event, in other words," Batty said.