More snow, cold temps expected this weekend

MORGANTOWN — January’s temperatures have been exceptionally mild so far, but that should be changing over the next week.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said the Morgantown area will have a brief respite from the snow Friday until Saturday morning, but it will stay dry and cold with an upper temperature around the freezing mark.

The snow — which contributed to Monongalia County’s 34 vehicle accidents Wednesday — is expected to return Saturday and continue into the night, Kines said. He said the accumulation could be several inches and warned that people planning to travel Saturday should be careful of road conditions.

Sunday will have lingering clouds and some snow flurries but accumulation should be over, Kines said. The temperatures will continue to hover in the mid-30s.

Those clouds and similar temperatures will continue into Monday before the sun returns on Tuesday bringing upper 30’s as the high, he said.

The first nine days of January had an average temperature of 41.7 degrees — about 11 or 12 degrees higher than normal, Kines said.

“It’s certainly more likely to be closer to or below normal than above normal,” he said of the next several days of weather. “It’s going to change over the next week or so.”

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