Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 4, 2013

Approaching winter storm expected to dump wet, heavy snow, on the region

BLUEFIELD — More snow is on the way. But the big question now is just how much snow the region can expect.

Forecasters are still closely monitoring the approaching storm, which is expected to bring wet and heavy snow to the region Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening. Gusty winds during the time period also could topple trees and lead to potential power outages.

The problems will start later tonight and early Tuesday morning with a mix of sleet and snow. But that wintry mix will change to all rain by Tuesday afternoon. The rain will then change back to snow Tuesday night.

“As the system passes us by Tuesday evening, we start to see the colder air wrap around the backside at which point the rain will start to change over to snow,” Nick Fillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., said. “And the snow will last all Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.”

Several areas in the region, including Giles County, are already under a winter storm watch with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow expected. Fillo said additional counties could be added to the winter storm watch later this evening. At the moment, Fillo said forecasters are looking at 3 to 5 inches of snow for the Bluefield area. However, the snow totals could increase or decrease depending upon the track of the storm.

Fillo said the good news is that temperatures will climb into the 50s by the end of the week.

 

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