|The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a winter weather advisory with a cold front expected to bring snow to the region.|
The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for much of West Virginia and parts of northeast Kentucky. West Virginia counties affected include Kanawha, Putnam, Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Upshur, Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, McDowell, Wyoming, northwest Raleigh, southeast Raleigh, northwest Fayette, southeast Fayette, northwest Nicholas, southeast Nicholas, northwest Webster, southeast Webster, northwest Pocahontas, southeast Pocahontas, northwest Randolph and southeast Randolph. Lawrence County, Ky., is also affected.
The weather service said snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches can be expected in the lowlands, and 2 to 4 inches can be expected in the mountains. Flash freeze conditions could occur as precipitation may fall as rain at first with rapidly falling temperatures. The low for Tuesday is 13 degrees. On Wednesday, the low is near zero.
Drivers should plan for roads to be slick during the morning and evening commutes. When driving in snow or ice, keep your vehicle a good distance from others around you and reduce your normal speeds. Give the road your complete attention and avoid phone or other unnecessary distractions.
As a general reminder, when temperatures drop into the teens or single digits, vehicles should be prepped for the weather, pets and livestock should be taken care of and space heaters should not be left unattended.
The American Red Cross recommends keeping pets inside. Large animals and livestock should be moved to sheltered areas and have access to drinking water that is not frozen.
The American Red Cross recommends using or purchasing a space heater that automatically shuts off if the heater falls over.
Keep paper, clothes, curtains, rugs and other potential sources of fuel away from space heaters.