Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 20, 2014

Winter storm warning issued for the region, heavy snowfall and bitter cold expected

BLUEFIELD — The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., has issued a winter storm warning for the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

The warning covers Mercer, Tazewell, McDowell, Buchanan, Bland, Monroe and Giles counties.

According to forecasters, an approaching storm system will bring a period of six to 12 hours of accumulating snowfall to the region beginning late tonight. Some of the snowfall could be heavy.

Forecasters are calling for between 4 to 8 inches of snow for the region.

The snow will begin before sunrise Tuesday morning. Roads will become snow covered at that time. Forecasters say the snow will likely impact both the morning and evening work commute.

A period of bitterly cold temperatures will follow the snow. The temperature Tuesday night will fall to 3 degrees outside. A daytime high of only 19 degrees is predicted for Wednesday with a low of 10 degrees Wednesday night.


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