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White Christmas forecast in most of West Virginia

December 23, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Most of West Virginia is expected to get a rare white Christmas, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from Thursday afternoon through early Friday afternoon for with up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow possible. Temperatures should dip into the lower teens on Thursday and Friday nights.

The highest elevations are expected to see the greatest accumulations along with wind chill readings that make it feel well below zero outside. Other areas are forecast to receive 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) of snow.

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The weather service also has issued a flash flood watch Thursday with up to 2 inches of rain possible for eastern portions of the state.

The last time there was an inch (2.5 centimeters) or more of snow measured on the ground on Christmas morning occurred in 2010 in Huntington and Charleston, in 2013 in Beckley and 2018 in Elkins, the weather service said.