The heaviest snow, potentially 3-5 inches or more, was expected to also fall in Wheeling along with areas to the north of the city.

“Depending on when we get the cold air coming in versus when the moisture moves out, we could possibly get more or less snow essentially.”

Winter weather advisories were scheduled to take effect in much of West Virginia, with the exceptions of the Eastern Panhandle and southeastern West Virginia counties, late Friday afternoon or Friday night.

A period of freezing rain and sleet was expected before the transition to all snow around 12 a.m. Saturday in areas along the Ohio River which the changeover shifting east from there through the Saturday morning hours.

The arrival of the significantly colder temperatures was projected for around 5 p.m. along the Ohio River in northern West Virginia and roughly 8 p.m. near Huntington in southern West Virginia.

After a Thursday night of heavy rain and melting snowpack, flood warnings remained in effect on Friday morning for parts of Wood, Tyler, Ohio, Hancock, Marshall, Wetzel, Brooke, Monongalia and Marion counties.

“It’s a good, old-fashioned winter weather nightmare,” Casey said of the messy system packing the potential for heavy rain, sleet, ice accumulations and snow.

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