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Old 01-23-2019, 05:29 AM
 
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In terms of snowfall and such. I've actually never been, but would like to visit sometime. I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask some people who actually live there.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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It depends on where you are in the state. Here on the western side of the state, the snowfall isn't that bad in a typical year. As you get into the higher elevations in the eastern part of the state though, you can have pretty significant snowfalls every year. Here are a couple of links that might give you some of the info you are looking for.

https://www.usclimatedata.com/climat...ed-states/3218

https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...l-snowfall.php
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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Bailey is correct. Huntington probably has the least snowfall in the state. The amount is affected by two factors here … altitude and latitude. There are major differences even between two places close to each other based on altitude. Kingwood, on the Allegheny Plateau, and Terra Alta, also close by, have much more snowfall than Morgantown. So does Coopers Rock, even though it is only 9 miles away.


One rule of thumb is to never travel in the mountains during winter months at night. The weather is usually worse then, and the roads are not cleared until daytime.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Washington, WV
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It depends on where you are in the state. Here on the western side of the state, the snowfall isn't that bad in a typical year. As you get into the higher elevations in the eastern part of the state though, you can have pretty significant snowfalls every year. Here are a couple of links that might give you some of the info you are looking for.

https://www.usclimatedata.com/climat...ed-states/3218

https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...l-snowfall.php
The second link looks to be the most accurate.
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Depends on where you are in the state. The I-64 corridor from Charleston to Huntington and parts of the Eastern Panhandle closer to the DC region tend to be the least snowy. Morgantown isnt far behind snow wise but as CT pointed out when you head a few miles east on I-68 those numbers rapidly increase.

Heaviest snow areas are places like Elkins, Terra Alta, Canaan Valley and in the south around Summersville, Richwood and Beckley.

I do question that second link as it states Charleston averages 36 inches of snow a year while Huntington only 11. The two are a mere 50 miles apart and similar elevation- the real average for both is more in the 20 inch range.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:38 AM
 
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It depends on where you are in the state. Here on the western side of the state, the snowfall isn't that bad in a typical year. As you get into the higher elevations in the eastern part of the state though, you can have pretty significant snowfalls every year. Here are a couple of links that might give you some of the info you are looking for.

https://www.usclimatedata.com/climat...ed-states/3218

https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...l-snowfall.php

Researching Hunting for a possible move I find people mention it has bad weather I don't see a lot of snow reports, looking scientifically it is listed as a Pacific Coastal Temperate Climate which means rain lots of rain I assume caused by moister coming off the river that the clouds have to release to go over the mountains
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Old 01-28-2019, 05:08 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Depends on where you are in the state. The I-64 corridor from Charleston to Huntington and parts of the Eastern Panhandle closer to the DC region tend to be the least snowy. Morgantown isnt far behind snow wise but as CT pointed out when you head a few miles east on I-68 those numbers rapidly increase.

Heaviest snow areas are places like Elkins, Terra Alta, Canaan Valley and in the south around Summersville, Richwood and Beckley.

I do question that second link as it states Charleston averages 36 inches of snow a year while Huntington only 11. The two are a mere 50 miles apart and similar elevation- the real average for both is more in the 20 inch range.
All of that is true. I do not know why, but when we have snow, Charleston get more of it than Huntington, and there are indeed times that Charleston gets snow accumulation while Huntington just gets a dusting.
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Old 01-28-2019, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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True- especially depending on the Alberta Clipper path but on annualized basis the difference isn't that significant. Certainly not 25 inches. There is no way Charleston averages more snow than Clarksburg, Morgantown and Bluefield and has an average close to Summersville Lake.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:01 PM
 
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True- especially depending on the Alberta Clipper path but on annualized basis the difference isn't that significant. Certainly not 25 inches. There is no way Charleston averages more snow than Clarksburg, Morgantown and Bluefield and has an average close to Summersville Lake.
I agree. On average, we don't get a lot of snow in Morgantown itself, but I would say Charleston gets even less.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:50 PM
 
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True- especially depending on the Alberta Clipper path but on annualized basis the difference isn't that significant. Certainly not 25 inches. There is no way Charleston averages more snow than Clarksburg, Morgantown and Bluefield and has an average close to Summersville Lake.

Well, it depends on how you measure the snow fall.

The valley floor on which Charleston sits is roughly 600 feet in elevation. Yeager Airport where snow fall is measured for Charleston has an elevation of roughly 1,000 feet. My home, a bit south of Charleston on Corridor G rises to almost 1600 feet.

When snow fall hits the valley, my house will 5 or 6 inches of snow and I will see snow all the way north on corridor G until right before I drop out of South Hills onto the valley floor. Then there is little to any snow. Just last week, the clipper that went through, dusted downtown with less than an inch but the houses on the ridge tops surrounding downtown had 2 or 3 inches.

Summersville is only 1800 or so feet in elevation and they definitely get more snow than Charleston downtown, but probably not a lot more than Yeager or on top of any of the ridgelines surrounding the valley.
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