Snow Day: Area schools shut down

Published 10:16 am Monday, January 26, 2009

Area children woke up this morning to find a couple of inches of snow on the ground and, hence, the school doors closed.

Fortunately, area law enforcement reported no major accidents because of snow-covered roadways as of press time.

All Lawrence County systems canceled classes today because of the inclement weather.

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Forecasters said Mother Nature might not be finished.

Andy Roche, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va., said a low pressure system will move through the area this evening, bringing first snow, then freezing rain and a wintery mix this morning before temperatures rise later in the week.

“As it (the low pressure system) goes north, the backside will bring more precipitation and it will be warm enough for rain,” Roche said.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from this evening to Wednesday morning. The forecast calls for snow showers today, mainly before noon.

Expect a high temperature near 32 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Tonight expect more snow, mainly after 3 a.m. The low temperature will be near 23 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

A new snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is possible. Tuesday, expect snow before noon, then a chance of snow and sleet between noon and 3 p.m, then sleet likely after 3 p.m. The high will be near 30 degrees.

The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is possible.

Tuesday night, expect freezing rain and sleet before 3 a.m., then sleet likely between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. and then snow and sleet likely after 4 a.m. The low will be near 27 degrees.