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Up to 6 inches of snow possible

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 03:28 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The National Weather Service has increased the amount of snow it expects to hit the Huntington area overnight Friday to up to 6 inches.

The Weather Service said a mix of rain and snow was posslbe startting at 5 p.m. Friday, and then turning to all snow after 3 a.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches were expected altogether. After 7 a.m. Saturday, skies were expected to turn partly sunny with a high near 29.

The new snowfall means Tri-State residents had just a one-day respite from heavy snow that fell early Thursday morning.

Thursday's snowfall was part of a winter storm that stretched across the southeastern part of the country.

The storm contributed to hazardous conditions on the roadways, covering the pavement in snow and then slush in the later part of the day. The conditions were so bad in some parts of West Virginia that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

School districts throughout the Tri-State did their part to keep people at home as they canceled classes Thursday. In anticipation of hazardous conditions the following morning, Wayne County Schools had already issued a two-hour delay for Friday by Thursday evening.

Despite the slick roads, no major crashes were reported in the Huntington area, though one lane of Interstate 64 was closed for some time in the afternoon after a tractor-trailer jackknifed near the 5th Street exit in Huntington. No one was injured.

Drivers weren't the only travelers experiencing delays because of the weather.

US Airways flights at Huntington Tri-State Airport were canceled for a second day on Thursday because of inclement weather in North Carolina, said Beckie McKinley, the airport's marketing director.

Allegiant Air flights to and from Florida still flew, but were delayed up to about 90 minutes.

The snow expected Friday night and early Saturday will contribute to the higher than normal amounts of precipitation the Tri-State has received this year. According to the National Weather Service, Huntington has been hit with 3.61 inches of precipitation this month alone, up from 0.6 inches last year.

Huntington has also received more precipitation since the beginning of the year than it did last year, with 5.91 inches observed so far in 2014 and 4.52 total inches observed last year by this time.

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