WILLIAMSON – After a mild two weeks, snow and bitter cold has returned to the Tug Valley coal fields.
Early Monday evening, the latest winter weather front blew into the region with rain quickly followed by snow. Snow throughout Monday night into Tuesday morning created a slick morning commute.
Several area school districts were closed Tuesday as a result of the inclement weather conditions including Mingo, Logan, Martin and Pike counties. Area basketball games as well as regularly scheduled meetings were also postponed due to the winter weather.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9 the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, W.Va. issued a winter weather advisory that will remain in effect until Wednesday.
Many counties including Mingo are included in the advisory. The NWS is describing this weather front as a “prolonged off and on snow event.”
Total accumulations for Mingo are expected to be between three to six inches and snow could linger into Wednesday. Up to 10 inches are possible for higher elevations with the heaviest snow forecasted in parts of the northern and southern mountains.
The advisory explains the impacts expected with this event stating that, “travel may be difficult at times. Wet snow may make ice beneath the snow making the roads that much more treacherous. Visibility may be limited at times.”
The advisory continues, urging travelers to take precautionary/preparedness actions. The advisory explains, “A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads…and use caution while driving.”
Snow is also in the forecast for this weekend with more snow expected on Friday. Along with the snow comes Arctic cold. On Saturday, the high is expected to be near 20 with lows in the single digits.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)