Ohio Valley Could See 8 Inches of Snow Sunday and Monday
WHEELING — Local weather conditions could bury the Wheeling area in as much as 8 inches of snow between Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Pat Herald, operating out of the NWS station in Moon, Pennsylvania, said Friday that between 6 and 8 inches of snow are expected to fall between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon. Such snowfall, Herald said, is comparable to December 2020’s snow total.
Herald said the snow would come as part of a major storm system moving through to the East Coast.
“This is a strong, low-pressure crossing, digging toward the Atlantic and the coast. This is considered a major storm system,” Herald said.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Herald said he hopes people take advantage of the federal holiday to stay off the roads.
“The main thing is … keep an eye on the forecast,” he said. “The good thing is Monday’s a holiday, so a lot of people are going to be off. Don’t travel in this unless you absolutely have to in an emergency.”
Marshall County Director of Emergency Management Tom Hart said his office had been preparing for the weather to turn, in particular cautioning the public that the wet, heavy snow that is expected could bring down trees and power lines.
Additionally, Hart advised people who care for those whose medical equipment or treatments require external power to take precautions now for a potential power outage.
“One of the big things we’re asking people to be prepared for is the possibility of downed power lines and outages,” Hart said Friday. “Be prepared for power outages, and if you’re on any type of home medical equipment or have treatments that rely on power, you need to make plans and preparations for the event that you experience a power outage.”
Ahead of the storm, Appalachian Power announced that all local crews and contractors will remain in their regular reporting locations, packed and prepared to either work in their own areas or travel to storm-damaged areas.
“Additionally we have requested damage assessors and line crews from our sister companies in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, and plan to have those workers in place ahead of the storm in Charleston and Wheeling in West Virginia, and Abingdon and Roanoke in Virginia,” the company said in a statement Friday. “The company’s storm response team will make decisions on moving workers once the storm passes and the extent and location of damage is known.”
Appalachian Power added that downed power lines should be treated as if they are live and should be avoided. The company advises that children and animals be kept away from downed lines and anything those lines touch.