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A vehicle turns onto Shadowline Drive from State Farm Road in Boone around 6 p.m. Thursday.
Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat



Originally published: 2013-01-17 19:01:35
Last modified: 2013-01-17 19:20:30

Heavy snow hits at rush hour

by Anna Oakes

Snow began to fall around 4 p.m. in the Boone area Thursday, but by 5 p.m., big, wet flakes were falling in abundance, quickly accumulating on roads and highways.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., issued an alert around 5 p.m. noting that snow was expected to fall at a rate of one inch per hour from 5:03 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The NWS said most of the snow from this weather event would fall before 9 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., NWS reported minor flooding of the Watauga River in Sugar Grove. 
A number of citizens have reported on Facebook of hearing thunder and seeing lightning.