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Winter weather advisory issued as wintry mix is expected to create icy Monday commute

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the entire state of West Virginia and parts of Ohio and Kentucky beginning at 2 a.m. Monday as a wintry mix of snow and sleet is expected to move into the area. (WCHS/WVAH)

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the entire state of West Virginia and parts of Ohio and Kentucky beginning at 2 a.m. Monday as a wintry mix of snow and sleet is expected to move into the area.

The winter weather advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sleet, freezing rain and snow could make for a treacherous morning commute after the area has seen 13 consecutive days at or below freezing, including record-breaking lows. Overnight Saturday, Elkins dropped to 14 below zero and Parkersburg dropped to 7 below.

Even if air temperatures are above freezing Monday, the ground will still be cold enough to freeze any precipitation on roads, bridges and overpasses, and sidewalks, especially if they are untreated.

This system is expected to reach the eastern counties of Ohio and Kentucky at about 5 a.m. and enter western West Virginia at about 6 a.m. The Kanawha Valley can expect to see this wintry mix beginning at about 7 a.m.

If you have to be out driving, you should slow down and take extra caution. It’s also important to be prepared when driving in cold, wintry conditions.

Mountain counties east of Route 19 will see mostly snow and could get 3 to 5 inches.

The wintry mix will transition to all rain during the midday hours on Monday and the highs in the afternoon should reach 40 degrees. As temperatures continue to warm citizens should be concerned with frozen pipes that will now thaw out and could burst.

Later in the week, most of the area will see unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rain which could cause rock slides as the ground thaws.

For the latest updates, follow meteorologist Jim Barach, Doug Harlow and Brandon Stover on Twitter or head to the Eyewitness News weather page.

Click here for the latest school closings and delays.

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