Weather Safety Tips
Date(s): Jan 4, 2023
Sudden and severe thunderstorms are common in West Virginia and may occur at any time of the year. Forest visitors should check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather. Cell service is intermittent throughout Monongahela National Forest, plan for a variety of conditions.
When storms occur, pay attention to your surroundings and your situation. Roads and bridges may be damaged by falling trees, downed powerlines, and other obstructions. Low-lying areas may be prone to flooding. Never drive through standing water.
Avoid the higher elevations of Monongahela National Forest in the winter during snow and ice storms, including Spruce Knob, Dolly Sods, the Highland Scenic Highway, and other areas. Even if the weather is clear at lower elevations, it can still be treacherous in the mountains.
Check weather reports before visiting the area: https://www.weather.gov/forecastmaps