First Winter Storm Watch & Warning Of The 2014-15 Season Issued

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*Updated Friday morning to include video from NWS and Brad Panovich*

*Updated Thursday 6:40pm to include new maps and graphics*

*Updated Thursday afternoon 3:17pm to reflect the Watch changed to a Winter Storm Warning*

*Updated Thursday afternoon 12:50pm to add videos from Brad Panovich and National Weather Service*

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the High Country from 8pm Halloween night through 8pm Saturday Nov 1. Below is their statement along with maps and graphs. Click on any map to open in a new window.

…HEAVY SNOW FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS AND THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF FAR WESTERN VIRGINIA…

.A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PASS SOUTHWARD FROM THE GREAT
LAKES ON FRIDAY…CROSSING THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS ON FRIDAY
NIGHT. UNSEASONABLY COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL
BRING THE SEASON`S FIRST SNOWFALL TO THE MOUNTAINS…WITH LOCALLY
HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE HIGH COUNTRY OF NORTH CAROLINA AND FAR
WESTERN VIRGINIA IN THE VICINITY OF MOUNT ROGERS.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT
SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM
FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN
UPGRADED TO A WINTER STORM WARNING.

* LOCATIONS…HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS
AND FAR WESTERN VIRGINIA.

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW FOR HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING…FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW…IN ADDITION TO STRONG WINDS…
WILL BLOW DOWN SOME TREES AND CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. ROADS WILL
BECOME SLICK AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S FRIDAY NIGHT.
HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 30S ON SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE
TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…
AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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