Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 19, 2012

Forecasters warn approaching winter storm could bring accumulating snowfall to the region

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., are keeping a close eye on a developing winter storm that could impact the region Thursday night into Saturday.

A winter storm watch remains in effect for Mercer, Summers and Greenbrier counties. No warnings or watches have been posted at this time for Tazewell, McDowell, Bland, Giles or Monroe counties.

According to the winter storm watch, snow could fall for a 24 to 36 hour period beginning Thursday night. Heavy snow accumulations are possible, along with strong winds and blowing snow that could create near blizzard-like conditions.

The latest morning update from the National Weather Service calls for between 3 to 7 inches of snow in the higher elevations of Mercer County, and up to 10 inches of snow in Greenbrier County. The heaviest snowfall is expected Friday.