The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 12, 2014

FORECAST: Winter storm expected to bring 6-12 inches of snow

Southern West Virginia is bracing itself this afternoon for more snow from one of the coldest and most volatile winters in recent memory.

Since the area is on the northern edge of a significant winter storm, predictions from several different weather services are all over the forecast map.

In Beckley, the National Weather Service is predicting 4-8 inches of snow beginning around 5 p.m. and ending Thursday. Heaviest snowfalls will arrive after midnight and wind down by noon on Thursday.    But 6-12 inches of snow is possible in Raleigh and surrounding counties.

The snow, the NWS says, will be of the wet variety. And with winds at 5-15 mph, and gusts to 20 mph, downed tree limbs and power lines are likely.

Snowfalls of more than a foot are possible in the eastern region of our area.

AccuWeather, on the other hand, is forecasting 2-4 inches of snow for the Beckley area. But they're leaving themselves some room to squirm on this forecast. If the low pressure center stays offshore of the East Coast, snowfalls will be lower. If it moves more inland, more snow will fall. A lot could happen with just a 50-mile swing.

Other local forecasters in southern West Virginia are forecasting 6-12 inches of snow for the Beckley area and surrounding counties.

For northern and central Virginia, we have seen forecasts calling from 10 inches of snow all the way up to 20 inches.

Appalachian Power is staging 32 contractors in Princeton in advance of the storm. They will respond wherever needed on Thursday.

Appalachian Power vice president Phil Wright says in a news release that the utility is confident its system will hold up well.

Wright says colder temperatures and a lack of wind should limit widespread outages.

Information from the Assoicated Press was used in this story.

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