|UPDATE 1/21/16 - The official NWS WINTER STORM WARNING for Calhoun and Region at 2 p.m. Thursday: WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO
10 PM EST SATURDAY, ACCUMULATIONS 12 TO 18 INCHES, DEVELOPING MIDDAY FRIDAY...DIMINISHING LATE SATURDAY
INTO SATURDAY EVENING. WIND GUSTS 20 TO 25 MPH.|
POWER OUTAGES FEARED BECAUSE OF WET SNOW.
UPDATE 1/21/16 - The snowfall is expected from 7 a.m. (now 10 a.m.) Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday.
Forecasters are still saying up to 2 feet of snow in some parts of the Mountain State.
Charleston and Huntington area could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snowfall.
In the Calhoun and immediate regional counties, according to most models, the snowfall could be between 8"-14" although the broad model says 12"-16."
Friday, heavy wet snow mixed with sleet is expected with wind gusts of 20 mph to 25 mph.
UPDATE 1/20/16 - Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday morning through late Saturday night for Calhoun and the region, snow accumulations 12-16 inches currently predicted by the NWS.
However, part of Calhoun and the immediate region is listed under the moderate snowfall map, according to FITZWEATHER, with much less snow.
The power company is gearing up for electric outages.
Calhoun Schools on three hour delay Thursday.
ORIGINAL STORY - The biggest snowstorm of the winter season thus far is increasingly likely to hammer parts of West Virginia and the East into the weekend with heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding.
It now looks increasingly likely a significant winter storm will take shape starting Thursday and lasting through the weekend.
This could deliver high-impact snowfall to the region.
However, the forecast is ever-changing and the local region could be in a more moderate snowfall area, although the NWS had been predicting local and regional snowfall 12 inches plus on Friday with 3-5 inches on Saturday.
That estimate has been downgraded.
In the coastal areas, with a full moon this weekend, tides will already be running high, which could worsen the impacts should any coastal flooding occur.
The NWS says the big five cities of the Northeast corridor - Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston - need to pay attention to the forecast this week as a high-impact storm with moderate to heavy snow and strong winds may affect one or more of those metropolitan areas from late Friday into early Sunday.