The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 3, 2014

Region could see significant snow

Some areas could see up to a foot; ice buildup, power outages possible

BECKLEY — Snow, snow and more snow. It’s been a broken record this winter, and apparently has at least one more turn before the warmer (and highly anticipated) days of spring take permanent hold.

Snow tires will get put to good use this morning as last night’s freezing rain totals were expected to range between a quarter- to a half-inch of ice in Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties, while Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier and Nicholas were predicted to see from trace amounts up to a quarter-inch, said WVVA meteorologist Kevin Niewood.

At sunrise, sleet is predicted to give way to a wet, heavy snowfall that will continue into the midafternoon hours, Niewood said.

Projected snowfall totals have unfortunately risen from early predictions, and Niewood said totals could now hit more than 12 inches in western portions of Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties.

Remaining portions of Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming along with Nicholas, Greenbrier and Summers will see between 8 inches to a foot, while Monroe can expect between 4  to 8 inches of accumulation, Niewood said.

Daytime temperatures today will peak in the mid-20s around 3 p.m., at which time the snowfall will begin tapering off, Niewood said.

The temperatures will slowly begin to drop into the low teens from midafternoon into the evening hours and eventually bottom out into the single digits overnight into Tuesday morning, Niewood said.

Temperatures will warm up into the high 30s on Tuesday, and some areas may be lucky enough to break into the lower 40s, Niewood said.

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Appalachian Power secured nearly 600 line workers and damage assessors from outside its service area to assist with possible service restoration in case of a power outage, stated a company press release.

Those workers are now stationed in places that are most likely to experience significant outages. Appalachian Power was expecting outage numbers to grow late Sunday night into this morning, and some crews were to be available through the night to respond to critical conditions, while restoration work on the remaining outages would begin at daybreak, the release said.

A live map showing current power outages can be viewed online at www.appalachianpower.com. Go to the “Outages & Problems” section of the site and then click “View Outage Map.”

Customers who lose service can report it by calling 1-800-982-4237.

— E-mail: bunderwood@register-herald.com

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