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Heavy Snow Hitting Southern Appalachians to Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 9:45 PM EST, January 17, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A quick-moving winter storm will continue to deposit a blanket of snow from the Southern Appalachians into the southern Mid-Atlantic States tonight. Up to several inches of snowfall is expected in locations not used to seeing such wintry weather.

Snow continues to fly from the mountains of western North Carolina to eastern Virginia this evening. Meanwhile, moderate-to-heavy rain will pelt the eastern flank of the storm tonight, from South Carolina to Cape Hatteras.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in place across northern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina, and stretching from North Carolina to southern New Jersey. Here, all the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico moisture will be squeezed out as a burst of quick-hitting heavy snow through early Friday morning. Hardest hit will be the Interstate 81 and 40 corridors in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee into southwestern Virginia. By the storm`s conclusion, places from Roanoke, Va., to Asheville, N.C., could be digging out of 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Even the Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic won`t be totally spared by this winter storm. While Washington, D.C. will be spared from accumulating snow, 3 to 6 inches may fall across central and southern Virginia. Roads will likely become snow-covered and very slick. If you must travel, take it slow and allow plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination safely.

Two to 5 inches of snow along with a glaze of ice will snarl traffic along large stretches of Interstates 77 and 85 in North Carolina tonight.

Significant snowfall amounts are already being reported from today`s southern snowstorm. Over 6 inches has already accumulated in Clover, Ky., with 7 inches having already fallen in Pulaski, Va. Farther to the south, Baldwin, N.C., has picked up over 7 inches of fresh snow from this event, with 12 inches being reported near Bluefield, Va.

The storm producing this wintry weather will head off the Mid-Atlantic and Carolina Coast early Friday morning. Right on its heels will be high pressure supplying a brief cool down, with early-week temperatures in the 50s and 60s being replaced by unseasonably cool 30s and 40s for Friday.

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