ASHE COUNTY-So far, so good.
The High Country’s first significant winter storm of the year has arrived and brought Ashe County to something of a standstill.
Portions of Ashe County have already received more than four inches of snow, and forecasters, including Phil Hysell, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Blacksburg, VA., office, said the county could receive up to 18 inches of snow through the weekend, with a foot of snow the more likely scenario.
Ashe County Schools were closed Jan. 22, along with county offices, according to Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick and Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency on Jan. 21, ahead of the storm.
“Given the snow and ice accumulations that are predicted, combined with gusty winds and already saturated grounds, this storm has serious potential,” McCrory said Thursday. “Ice accumulations of one quarter inch or more can weaken tree limbs and lead to downed power lines. Needless to say, we’re watching this storm very carefully.”
Hysell said the snow could be mixed with sleet at times, with the heaviest snowfall rates, 1-2 inches per hour, during the daytime hours in the west. He also predicted blowing and drifting snow Saturday due to winds gusts up to 40 miles per hour which he warned could reduce visibility.
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