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W.Va. braces for another cold spell

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is bracing for another blast of extreme winter weather.

The National Weather service is predicting 2 inches to 6 inches of snow for various areas of the state Tuesday. A winter storm warning was in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 1 a.m. Wednesday in much of West Virginia, and motorists were warned that roads may be hazardous.

The precipitation will be accompanied by extremely cold temperatures, with lows in the single digits in some areas.

“What we’re looking at is that it’s going to get pretty darn cold,” said meteorologist Andrew Beavers.

The frigid temperatures are expected to continue until late in the week. But Dave Marsalek of the National Weather Service in Charleston tells the Daily Mail that this cold snap won’t be as bad as the one earlier this month, when the polar vortex sent temperatures tumbling to below zero in some places in the state.

After snow Tuesday, the sun is expected to come back out Wednesday but it won’t bring warm temperatures as the high in Charleston is expected to be about 22 degrees during the day before dipping to 15 degrees overnight.

Thursday’s forecast looks similar to Tuesday’s with a high of 22 degrees, a low of 8 degrees, and snow. Beavers said it looked like the mercury wouldn’t rise above freezing temperatures until Saturday.

Marsalek said the National Weather Service is equipped to make forecasts as far out as seven days, but the National Climatic Data Center can make forecasts as far out as 14 days using what is called the European model. He said those models are still showing inconsistent data for how cold temperatures will get.

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