By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
As thousands of people prepare for the worst in the coming hours as Hurricane Sandy turns westward and heads into the highly populated region of the eastern seaboard, the National Weather Service is calling for heavy snows to the north of our region and strong winds to the south, but cold temperatures and snow in the Bluefield area.
Anita Silverman, a meteorologist with the Blacksburg, Va., office of the National Weather Service said that the mountain regions in counties north of Mercer County are likely to get more snow, and there are high wind warnings for Grayson County, Va., and into North Carolina.
“There in the Bluefield area, you’ll get snow mostly on Monday and on Tuesday night,” Silverman said. “It looks like you’ll get about 1-3 inches of snow.”
“The remnants of Hurricane Sandy and an upper low moving into the mid-Atlantic region from the West will combine across the northern mid-Atlantic region to form a large intense cyclone,” according to the Hazardous Weather Outlook. “This system will have the potential to bring very strong, gusty northwest winds on the order of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, accumulating snowfall to the higher elevations of the mountains, and freezing temperatures for Sunday night through Wednesday of next week.”
The Weather Service predicts that local temperatures will drop to as low as 29 degrees on Monday night, recover to about 38 degrees during the day on Tuesday, and dive back down to 30 degrees on Tuesday night. Nighttime lows will remain at or near freezing through Friday, but daytime sunshine is forecast for Thursday.
In West Virginia, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties, and in Virginia, the National Guard has authorized an additional 500 soldiers to be staged in the Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Fredericksburg and metro Richmond areas, according to a Virginia National Guard press release.
AccuWeather meteorologists predict that Sandy will make landfall somewhere between the Delmarva Peninsula and Long Island on Monday night or Tuesday morning.
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