Winter Storm Warning For West Virginia as Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain Due Across the Southeast

Storms are set to cause havoc this weekend as the National Weather Service (NWS) releases alerts across the country.

According to the short-range forecast, issued yesterday afternoon, from today until Sunday severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will hit the southeast of the U.S., with wintry conditions to persist over portions of the eastern Great Lakes and the northeast of the country.

Today is set to bring the worst of the weather, with scattered widespread showers and thunderstorms will impact the Southeast and the southern Mid-Atlantic states. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina—which have already been hit with excessive rainfall—are currently under "Slight Risk" warnings from the Storm Prediction Center and the Weather Prediction Center. However, the precipitation will taper off through the day today as the system exits and drier, cooler air begins to moderate the airmass over the Southeast.

Issued on March 6, 2020, the forecast shows a storm system moving off the east coast and a further one coming from the west. NOAA

For the Great Lakes region, a low-pressure system will move eastwards today and will pass offshore by the weekend, according to NWS. However, a cold front from the storm system will push southward into the east of the Mississippi River by the start of the weekend, which will lead to wintry weather across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast around Lake Superior and there will be coastal rains for the northern Mid-Atlantic while some snow may mix in with the rain in portions of southern New England.

Red Flags for the Panhandle and Nevada

For the eastern Nebraska Panhandle and western Sandhills, critical fire weather conditions will redevelop this afternoon, according to NWS. A red flag warning is in effect until 7 p.m. MST today for low humidity and gusty winds.

Winds are predicted to reach up to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour, with relative humidity as low as 16 percent. Due to these conditions, any fires that might occur have a high potential to spread rapidly and difficult to contain.

In Nevada, the combination of near-record warmth, low daytime relative humidity and gusty afternoon winds will create elevated fire weather conditions today into the weekend. This risk is set to decrease as temperatures and humidity will rise and tomorrow night will see a cold front across the area, bringing a mixture of rain and snow.

Winter Storm Threat Looms

Winter storm warnings are in effect for the southern states, with heavy snow expected according to NWS.

In West Virginia, southeast Nicholas County is expected to see snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches with gusty winds. This is predicted to make today's commute hazardous for both the morning and evening. The warning is in effect for this area until 1 a.m. EST tomorrow.

For areas that are above 3,000 feet in elevation, up to 10 inches of snow is forecast on higher northwest facing slopes. People traveling between 4 a.m. today and 1 a.m. tomorrow local time in northwest Pocahontas and southeast Randolph Counties should be prepared for difficult travel conditions, including blowing snow and reduced visibility.

The NWS station at Marquette, Michigan, has also released a winter storm warning for Alger, Luce, Baraga, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties overnight today. Commuters should plan for snow covered roads and slippery road conditions.

For the latest road traffic updates, dial 511 or check the state's department for transport website. To find out how to get alerts directly to a phone from NWS, read more here.