EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWINTER WEATHER UPDATE
from Eyewitness News Online
Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Multiple Counties
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: The Associated Press
Reported: Jan. 31, 2013 9:00 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 5:04 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Drivers could face a tough commute Friday morning as a winter weather advisory is in effect with snow predicted for a number of counties in the Eyewitness News viewing area.
Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach said 1 to 3 inches is predicted with the snow starting to fall between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday. Counties in the winter weather advisory were Kanawha, Boone, Logan and Mingo in West Virginia; Pike, Floyd, Martin, Johnson and Lewis counties in Kentucky; and Scioto County in Ohio. Temperatures are expected to drop down into the teens.
On Friday, temperatures are expected to be frigid with the high only reaching 25, Barach said.
Streams, creeks and rivers are high, but Barach said no flood warnings were in effect for the area.
Elsewhere in West Virginia,flood warnings were issued for the Cheat River in Preston County, the South Branch of the Potomac River in Hampshire County, and the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. But only minor flooding has been reported.
A storm system that cut off dozens of secondary roads with high water knocked out electricity to nearly 7,200 customers across West Virginia.
Appalachian Power reported Thursday afternoon that 6,756 customers were without power, nearly one-third of them in Raleigh County. More than 800 others were in Logan and Mercer counties.
FirstEnergy, meanwhile, said it had cut the number of outages down to about 430 by late afternoon.
A storm system has knocked out electricity to nearly 6,000 customers and closed more than 30 secondary roads across West Virginia.
Flood warnings are in effect Thursday for the Cheat River in Preston County, the South Branch of the Potomac River in Hampshire County, and the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties.
The National Weather Service's website shows the North Central West Virginia Airport recorded wind gusts of 49 miles per hour shortly after midnight.
Appalachian Power reports about 3,100 customers are without electricity. About 2,800 FirstEnergy customers are without power.
The Department of Transportation says high water has closed around three dozen secondary roads across the state.
Winter continued to throw a mixed bag of tricks Thursday with flooding reported in some areas and snow in the forecast.
Flooding was reported on roadways in Fayette County, including in Whipple, Pax and Paint Creek. Flooding also was reported along the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier County. Flood warnings were reported for Marietta, Ohio, and in Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer and Monroe counties in West Virginia.
No flooding was forecast in the Kanawha Valley, but streams, creeks and rivers were running high.
Meanwhile, gusty winds were expected in the Huntington and Charleston areas with light snow Thursday night and more in mountainous areas of West Virginia.
Metro 911 said Thursday morning that several accident had been reported, and Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said motorists should take care on bridges and overpasses.
Thursday's high temperature was only expected to hit 32 degrees., but with wind chills it would feel more like it is in the teens. About 1 to 2 inches of snow was expected in the Huntington and Charleston area Thursday night with 2 to 4 inches in the mountains and Eastern Kentucky, Stover said. A winter weather advisory would be in effect for the mountains.
On Friday, the forecast calls for bitter cold temperatures with the high reaching only about 20 degrees.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported about 9,000 electricity customers in West Virginia are without service and some secondary roads were blocked by high water.
The National Weather Service's website showed the North Central West Virginia Airport recorded wind gusts of 49 mph shortly after midnight.
Appalachian Power reported about 4,600 customers are without electricity, including about 1,300 in Lincoln County.
About 4,400 FirstEnergy customers are without power, including about 600 outages each in Calhoun, Braxton and Mineral counties.
The Division of Highways said more than a dozen secondary roads across the state are closed due to high water.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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