Mason County received additional snow on Tuesday morning, which led to school closings and hazardous driving conditions. According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, the area remains under a winter storm warning for heavy snow until 7 a.m. Thursday.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means that severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. The heavy snow accumulation is particularly significant because it causes travel to be dangerous. The NWS advises residents to not travel unless it is an emergency.
Today’s forecast calls for snow showers before 6 a.m. with snow likely and areas of blowing snow before 4 p.m. Blowing snow is snow that is lifted from the surface by the wind at a height of eight feet or more, which results in loss of visibility. Blowing snow can come from falling snow or snow that has already accumulated on the ground but it picked up and blown by strong winds.
This afternoon’s high is predicted to only reach 26 degrees with west winds between 14 and 21 miles per hour, which could produce gusts as high as 37 miles per hour. This afternoon’s forecast also calls for 70 percent precipitation that could enable one to three inches of snow accumulation.
According to the NWS, more blowing snow along with a chance of snow showers are expected before midnight tonight. A slight chance of snow showers also is expected after midnight. This evening’s forecast looks to be windy as well with gusts set to reach as high as 29 miles per hour. A slight chance of snow showers before noon is forecasted for Thursday.
The weekend weather looks to be a bit more sunny starting with Friday’s forecast, which calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 22 degrees. Saturday’s weather looks to be snow free as well with partly sunny skies and a high of 29 degrees.