Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 5, 2013

Highway and utility crews brace for heavy, wet snow tonight into Wednesday

BLUEFIELD — Road and utility crews are mobilizing in advance of a winter storm expected to come through the region tonight.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. has issued a winter weather advisory for Mercer, Monroe, Tazewell and Giles counties effective until 6 a.m. Thursday. The advisory is calling for heavy, wet snow and wind gusts between 10 and 40 miles per hour.

James Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the majority of the snowfall is expected beginning at midnight tonight.

“We are expecting to see the bulk of the snow fall before late morning or early afternoon,” he said.

 Tom Camden, district manager for the West Virginia Division of Highways District 10, said state road crews have already begun preparing for the storm.

 “We will be doing a lot of pre-treating before the storm,” he said. “Laying down salt beforehand can sometimes help keep the road clear during storms.”

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