This area could get hit with up to a half foot of snow over the weekend.

If that happens, it is more than the region has seen in several years, according to the National Weather Service.

Some mountainous areas are expected to receive a foot of snowfall.


A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday evening through late Saturday night.

A major well organized winter storm will impact much of West Virginia along with southwest Virginia Friday night into Saturday night. The low center will track from the Gulf of Mexico northeast to the southeast coast by Friday evening....and then right on up the East Coast through Saturday night.

With the low originating in the Gulf...precipitation will advance northward into the watch area late Friday and quickly overspread the watch area Friday evening. It will start off as rain or a rain and snow mix late Friday...but cooling in advance of the storm will cause a quick changeover to all snow Friday night.

The precipitation will remain all snow as it continues into Saturday. Altogether...the heaviest accumulations are expected to occur from Friday night into Saturday. Significant snow accumulation is likely by dawn Saturday.

Total snowfall accumulation potential ranges from a half foot or more for the West Virginia lowlands and a foot or even better for the mountains when all is said and done late Saturday night. Lighter snow will linger into Sunday.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel.

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