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February 12, 2014

Road conditions quickly deteriorating as wet, heavy snow falls across the region

BLUEFIELD — A wet and heavy snow is now falling across the region, and road conditions are quickly deteriorating.

Forecasters are still calling for between 6 to 10 inches of snow across parts of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. Some areas could see locally higher accumulations, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va The snow was part of a much larger storm system that impacted a significant part of the South with snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Snow began falling Wednesday in the Bluefield area at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The heaviest of the snowfall was expected to occur during the overnight and morning hours.

Most of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia remains under a winter storm warning through 6 p.m. Thursday. If the snow proves to be wet and heavy, forecasters are warning that power outages could occur.

“It is the type of snow that has a decent water content that makes it heavy,” Dennis Sleighter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., said. “It is the type that will bring down tree limbs, and possibly power lines. It will be the type you don’t brush off with a broom. It definitely has an impact on trees. It weighs those down. So the potential for power outages is there.”

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