ELKINS - All area public schools are closed today as residents continue to struggle with frigid temperatures hovering around the zero-degree mark.
Public schools are closed today in the following counties: Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur, Pocahontas, Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and Lewis.
The National Weather Service has announced a wind chill advisory in effect until 1 p.m. today for Randolph and Pocahontas counties. "The combination of frigid temperatures and strong winds will produce dangerous wind chill values... as low as 17 below," the advisory states.
Contributing to the cold are winds today expected to be 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, according to the NWS.
The wind chill advisory is part of a hazardous weather outlook the NWS has in effect through Tuesday. "Snow Friday night and Saturday may reach advisory criteria," the outlook states.
New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible today, with less than an inch expected tonight. Friday shows a 60 percent chance of snow, mainly after 4 a.m. The NWS is predicting a chance of snow showers each day through Monday.
The high temperature today is expected to be only 11 degrees, with a low of 1 tonight. Temperatures are expected to struggle up to 17 degrees on Friday, then reach 28 on Saturday and 33 on Monday. The low all three nights is predicted to be 11.