CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Believe it or not, snowy days ahead mean warmer temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.
With temperatures sitting below freezing for the last couple of days, Kanawha Valley residents might be wondering what happened to the balmy temperatures from a couple of weeks ago.
Liz Sommerville, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said Arctic air shifting from the Midwest to the northeast blew across the Mountain State this week causing temperatures to drop into the 20s during the day and into the teens overnight.
This teeth-chattering cold weather hasn't broken any records but Sommerville said it probably feels colder to residents because of the warm winter the region saw last year.
"We should expect winter in January," she said with a laugh. "We got spoiled last winter with all of those warm days."
Meteorologists recorded six days above 60 degrees last January and on most other days that month the mercury sat between the mid-40s and low-50s. This January so far has yielded four days where temperatures reached 60 degrees and beyond, including Jan. 12 when the mercury hit 72 degrees in Charleston.
The extremely cold weather prompted a number of counties to run schools on a two-hour delay. Many cited frigid temperatures. Kanawha, Jackson, Lincoln and Putnam counties operated on normal schedules Tuesday and Wednesday while Fayette, Roane, Clay, Nicholas, and Raleigh were delayed. Boone and Logan county students went to school on a delay Wednesday.
Marshall, Tyler and Preston counties announced Wednesday schools would operate on a two-hour delay Thursday.