Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 26, 2013

Winter Storm Vergil beats back spring weather

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A winter storm warning posted Monday was expected to remain in effect until 2 p.m. today, but forecasters were predicting modest amounts of snow.

A weather front dubbed Winter Storm Vergil by other weather organizations came through the region Sunday evening and moved on, said meteorologist Mike Sporer of the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

“The recent system will continue to pull away,” Sporer said. “We could look at minor additional accumulation.”

Forecasters were predicting between one to three inches of snow for much of the Southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia area.

“That’s going to be in the period from tonight right through Wednesday morning, so it’s going to be nickel and dime stuff,” Sporer said.

The winter storm warning included the counties of Mercer, Summers and Greenbrier in West Virginia and Tazewell County in Virginia. Up to seven inches of snow was expected for western Greenbrier County. Snow could lead to hazardous travel in some areas, with gusting winds blowing snow into roads at higher elevations.

Mercer County 911 dispatchers had reports of icy conditions on Route 20 and on Cherry Street in Bluefield.

Warmer temperatures should be coming soon.

“We’ll gradually see a warming trend,” Sporer said. Eventually, we’re going to get more spring-like weather here.”