The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook at 6:06 p.m. this evening for northeast Kentucky, southeast Ohio, southwest Virginia and much of West Virginia.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook is a weather statement issued to provide information of potential severe weather events within the next seven days.
According to the National Weather Service, a low-pressure system will cross the area from southwest to northeast Friday night.
From the NWS:
The system will bring rain Friday afternoon and night. Over an inch of rain could fall over portions of the middle Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and Greenbrier Valley, with less than an inch over the West Virginia lowlands. Hydroplaning is likely and poor drainage flooding is possible, along with stream rises.
After the low crosses, the rain will change to snow overnight Friday night or early Saturday morning. There could also be freezing rain or sleet in the transition. The snow will then taper off to snow showers on Saturday, and then end sometime Saturday night, last in the mountains. Although snow accumulations will generally be light, falling temperatures following the rain could create slick driving conditions starting overnight Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Any slick conditions that develop could persist Saturday, with temperatures steady or falling.
Uncertainty as to the track and timing of the system lends lower confidence as to the timing of temperature drop, change in precipitation type, duration and amount of snow, and impacts on the roads. Stay tuned for the latest updates as the week progresses.