Emergency officials stand ready for weekend weather

PRINCETON, W.Va.— It’s still up in the air as to how much snow parts of West Virginia could see from a weekend storm which seems to be tracking to the south of the Mountain State.

The bulk of the storm’s snow is projected to hit the mountains of western North Carolina and parts of southern Virginia. However, counties in southeastern West Virginia could get a swipe as well.

“As of last night it was 5 to 10 (Inches) this morning it was revised to 1-3.” said Tim Farley, Emergency Services Director in Mercer County. “We’re right on the edge of the storm as it passes through.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Mercer, Monroe, and Summers Counties. Forecasters say it wouldn’t take much of a shift to send significant snow into much of southern and central West Virginia, but for the time being that doesn’t’ seem to be the case. That isn’t disappointing Farley.

“That would be just fine with me,” he laughed. “We can take three inches without any issues, but 10 inches could be a problem.”

The storm is due in the region Saturday overnight into Sunday. Farley said his office would continue to monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service and urged all residents of his county to do the same and be prepared.

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