Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

Monster snowstorm takes aim at the region

BLUEFIELD — Snow is expected to begin falling in the Bluefield area later this afternoon as a massive winter storm targets the region.

Most of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia remains under a winter storm warning through 6 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters say heavy snow is expected later this afternoon into Thursday morning. Accumulations could range from 6 to 10 inches, and if the snow proves to be wet and heavy, 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.”

Between 6 to 10 inches of snow is possible later this evening into Thursday morning. And some areas could see higher accumulation totals.

At this point, it doesn’t look like the storm will miss the region, West Virginia Division of Highways District 10 Manager Tom Camden said.

“I do believe from everything that I’ve seen that we are going to get something,” Camden said. “With a storm like this — one difference as opposed to us getting say 2 to 3 inches — a storm like this involves more plowing. Material usage will be at a minimum. We will focus on plowing. Once we get the main roads passable, we will concentrate on the secondary roads. As always, we advise people to slow down. If we do end up getting this much snow, and it comes down fast and quickly, there is only so much we can do to keep up with it. It obviously makes it a lot harder to plow because of the weight. It’s just a matter of physics.”


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