Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2014

Black ice a threat across the region, temperatures will tumble below zero early next week

BLUEFIELD — With temperatures still in the single digits, and only climbing into the mid teens by this afternoon, forecasters say black ice could remain a threat on roadways across the region.

A winter storm warning for parts of the region will expire at noon, but arctic air will remain in place across the region today and tonight. Between 2 to 4 inches of snow fell across the region Thursday night into Friday morning.

However, the snow in many areas was preceded by a period of light rain. The combination of the light rain, snowfall and temperatures in the teens and even single digits across the mountains have left patches of black ice on untreated roadways in many areas, according to a special weather statement by the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

Temperatures will climb to near 40 Saturday and Sunday before taking a major tumble. A second winter storm is expected to impact the region Sunday night and into Monday morning. Temperatures in the Bluefield area will fall to 6 below zero on Monday night with a daytime high of only 4 degrees on Tuesday. A low of 1 degree is expected Tueday night.

 

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