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Officials prepare for snow

December 21, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A looming storm system is expected to bring snow to the area today, and the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management has been preparing for what may arrive.

Jim Wise, director of the OEM, said his office is closely watching storm reports from the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning has been issued for Randolph, Pocahontas, Webster, Fayette and Nicholas counties, and will remain in effect from 1 p.m. today until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Snow accumulations are expected to reach 10 inches in the higher elevations and wind gusts may reach 50 mph, according to the Weather Service website.

Low temperatures may drop to the 20s and wind chills may reach the single digits.

The Weather Service website also lists the heaviest weather as occurring Friday, during the day and night, with conditions improving on Saturday and Sunday.

Wise said taking preventive measures such as salting roads will not be a problem. The OEM is in contact with the Department of Highways, and Wise said the DOH is fully stocked and ready to prepare roads.

If need be, Wise said, taking more drastic measures such as opening emergency shelters will be immediately possible.

However, Wise was quick to say he believes the storm system will not affect the area in a manner consistent with Superstorm Sandy or the June derecho.

He said he expects the snow to be lighter than it was when Sandy saturated the state. Temperatures will be colder, he said, and that will lead to a light, dry snow.

He also mentioned that he expects wind to not be a severe problem it should come in gusts and will not be a sustained wind.

For any situation that arrives, though, Wise said the OEM will be ready.

"We are always prepared," he said.

The OEM can be reached at 304-636-0483 and may be followed on their Facebook page, named Randolph County Office of Emergency Management.

Storm updates can also be found by calling the Charleston Weather Service at 304-746-0190 or by visiting its website,



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