Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

Winter storm brings in wet, heavy snow

BLUEFIELD — A slow-moving winter storm took aim at the region Wednesday with accumulating snowfall that was wet and heavy.

Highway crews worked throughout the night in an attempt to keeps primary routes cleared of snow. Appalachian Power placed additional utility crews on stand-by in order to respond to reports of possible power outages due to the wet and heavy nature of the snow. The snow was part of a much larger storm system that impacted a significant part of the South with snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Most of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia remains under a winter storm warning this morning. Additional snow accumulations are possible early today.

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

“This is going to be probably the largest snowstorm to hit the area since that 2009 to 2010 winter,” James Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., said. “In terms of Bluefield, the last time Bluefield received greater than 6 inches of snow was Jan. 17, 2013.”

Clark said snowfall accumulations are expected to be higher in areas west of Mercer and Tazewell counties, including Giles and Bland counties.

Michelle Earl, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said highway crews worked throughout the day Wednesday pre-treating roads across the state before the snow began falling.

The storm system will move out of the region later today with a daytime high of about 35 degrees.

Temperatures on Friday will climb to about 38 degrees, which is not enough to melt a significant amount of snow, Clark said.

Another clipper system will move through the region Friday night bringing additional light snow accumulations. Temperatures will remain in the low-to-mid 30s Saturday and Sunday. But a warming trend will begin Monday with temperatures climbing into the mid-40s on Monday and Tuesday.

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