PARKERSBURG - Old Man Winter will wait a little longer to show his face in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Temperatures were expected to drop Monday night, but the precipitation that has been hovering over the valley for the last few days will disappear, officials said.
Conditions Monday afternoon were changing from temperatures in the 50s to the low 40s within a matter of hours, but experts said that doesn't mean snow.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Haven Burton, left, and Kaileen Terrell, members of the Parkersburg High School cross country team, run together on Market Street Monday afternoon.
"Right now (Monday about 4 p.m.) up by the Parkersburg area the cold front passed through and is well into the state of West Virginia," said meterologist Tim Axford with the National Weather Service in Charleston. "Colder air is coming in."
Axford said some precipitation will hang around, but there is only a slight chance of rain mixing to snow this week.
Rainfall from Friday to Monday reached about two and a half inches. In the last 24 hours, the area received about 0.8 inches, Axford said. From Saturday to Sunday residents saw 0.61 inches of rain and from Friday to Saturday about 0.93 inches, he added.
As far as the mountains throughout the state go, Axford said there be a few dusts of snow.
Parkersburg public works officials will be ready when the time comes. There are roadways with a higher priority should snowfall arrive, but officials said it takes about eight hours for the employees to clear and treat all city roadways.