BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A powerful storm dumped snow across the Two Virginias Wednesday morning, making travel treacherous in some areas and complicating Thanksgiving travel plans for many.
A number of accidents and stranded vehicles were reported across the region Wednesday, though no road closures or major injuries were reported.
At least three separate vehicle rollovers were reported.
The storm continues moving up the East Coast through Wednesday night and early Thanksgiving morning. The storm already brought a wintry and icy mix to the Two Virginias early Tuesday morning, followed by heavy rain Tuesday afternoon and evening. Rain totals ranged from 1.25 inches to nearly 3 inches for many.
Heavy rain that fell for much of the day Tuesday changed to snow showers before dawn Wednesday morning. Snow will be heavy at times through the morning and early afternoon. Snow begins to taper off Wednesday evening, but mountain snow showers will continue for counties under Winter Storm Warnings through the night. Snow will end before dawn Thursday morning.
Winter Storm Warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday across Mercer, Tazewell, Summers, Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties. Counties with lower snow totals expected are under Winter Weather Advisories for the same time frame, which includes McDowell, Wyoming, Monroe, Giles, Bland, and Wythe.
Snowy roads could cause problems for drivers throughout Wednesday and roads will likely ice up Wednesday night from temps dropping into the teens. You can check up on road conditions 24/7. Click here for West Virginia road conditions, and here for Virginia road conditions. Above all, if you are driving, leave extra time for yourself to arrive at your destination, and be safe!
Snowfall totals will occur mainly Wednesday morning and early afternoon. Western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties will get around 5-10 inches; Fayette, Raleigh, Mercer, Tazewell & Summers counties will get 3-6 inches with up to 8" possible in the highest terrain; McDowell and Wyoming counties will see 3-6" in higher elevations, but western parts of these counties will be around 2-4" (including Buchanan county); Eastern Greenbrier and Bland counties will pick up 2-3" and Giles, Monroe and Wythe counties pick up 1-3". Remember the higher in elevation you are, the higher on the snow total range you will be.
Roads will likely be icy Thanksgiving morning, but the sun returns to the forecast. The cold will linger however, with highs only around freezing on Turkey Day.
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If you plan on flying to visit family members Wednesday, especially if they live in the northeast, call ahead to your airline and check up on your flight status. If you are driving, be weary of road conditions.