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Originally published: 2013-01-17 11:04:20
Last modified: 2013-01-17 11:04:20

NWS: Winter storm will bring heavy snow from deep south to mid-Atlantic

by Staff Reports

A winter storm will bring heavy snow across much of the eastern U.S. today, according to the National Weather Service, from Alabama to the Mid-Atlantic. The heaviest amounts of snow are expected along the southern to central Appalachians, from the Tennessee/North Carolina border to West Virginia, where as much as 4-8 inches is possible. Conditions should improve quickly by Friday morning as the system moves offshore. The forecast for Boone and Watauga County:

Thursday: Rain before 4 p.m., then rain and snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 44. North wind 7 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Thursday night: Snow, mainly before 9 p.m. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

In anticipation of the storm: County K-8 schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. and the high school will dismiss at noon Thursday.

Also, tonight's WHS scheduled basketball games between the Pioneers and Fred T. Foard have been postponed due to inclement weather. The games have been rescheduled to Jan. 30.