PARKERSBURG - The National Weather Service is warning residents of falling temperatures for the coming week.
Andy Roche, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the coming winter storms will be weak in precipitation but will bring cold air and strong winds. Low wind chill temperatures are expected.
"The winds will be around 13 to 14 miles per hour," he said. "Temperatures (Tuesday morning) will be minus nine."
Around midnight Monday temperatures were expected to drop below negative nine degrees. The high temperature today will be about 16 degrees, he said.
"Anything below 40 degrees, any human needs to be in shelters," said Roche. "My worry of this is homeless people that are going to be exposed to the environment and the bus stop for kids going to school (in the mornings this week)."
Roche said the storms are coming from the northwest and Arctic region.
The storm expected to approach the Parkersburg area by Wednesday afternoon will bring a chance of snow, he said. Precipitation is expected to be about half an inch in the valley.
"(The) snow is not going to be the biggest problem, with only half an inch (expected) Wednesday night," said Roche. "Wind chills (will be) the biggest problem."
Wind advisories are issued when wind chills reach negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit, he said. A wind advisory was in effect for Washington County but wind chills in Wood County should not reach negative 10 with the storm today, Roche said.
"Wood County is not under an advisory but it is going to be very cold," he said. "Precautionary (measures) should still be taken."
The mean temperature tonight is expected to be about seven degrees, Roche said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said heavy ice accumulations are expected Wednesday. A strong low pressure system will move from the western Gulf Coast, northeastward. The storm is expected to pass through the Parkersburg area late tonight and Wednesday, bringing the potential for a wintry mix of precipitation and heavy ice, officials said.
Portions of southeast Ohio and the northern West Virginia lowlands could get freezing rain mixed with ice pellets, weather officials said. Affected areas included Belpre, Marietta, Paden City, Athens, Sistersville, Middlebourne, West Union, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, McConnelsville and Grafton.
The freezing rain advisory will remain in effect from 10 p.m. today to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Ice accumulations are expected to be around a tenth of an inch, weather officials said.
The ice will bring the potential for trees and wires to be covered, causing power outages. Weather officials said roads could become slick and hazardous.