Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2012

Winter storm could bring strong winds, accumulating snowfall to region, forecasters say

BLUEFIELD — The National Weather Service is calling for strong wind gusts Thursday in advance of a winter storm that could bring accumulating snowfall to the region.

Robert Beasley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. said a high wind advisory is in effect for Mercer, Tazewell, Bland and Giles counties beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday.

“In advance of the main storm system we could see warm winds between 25 to 30 miles per hour and possibly up to 50 miles per hour,” Beasley said. “This is an issue we see in the higher ridges of Tazewell and Mercer counties when we get strong winds ahead of these storms. Before the day is over, there will be a line of showers coming through with some very gust winds. The strongest winds should hit from late morning through mid-afternoon with those showers”

Beasley said higher elevations in Mercer County could see 6 inches of snow or more while Tazewell, Bland, Monroe and other counties could see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow by late Friday.

“There will probably not be any significant snow on the ground Friday morning,” he said. “It will mostly be a dusting. As you move into Friday afternoon and evening the wind will pick up and the snow will increase, particularly in higher elevations and westward upslopes. We could see 3 to 6 inches of snow from Bluefield to the Tazewell, Va. area.”

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