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UPDATE: First day of Winter brings snow

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Angie Thompson Foley - Lashmeet Angie Thompson Foley - Lashmeet
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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Several counties in the WVVA viewing area were under a Winter Storm Warning through Saturday -- with up to a foot of accumulation possible in some higher elevations.

Mercer, Summers, Fayette, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties are under a Winter Storm Warning while Tazewell, Bland, Giles, Monroe, McDowell, Wyoming and Raleigh are under a Winter Storm Advisory.

Snow began falling early on Friday morning -- the first day of winter. Motorists were advised to use caution when traveling, especially on secondary roads.

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High winds accompanied the snowflakes, with some wind damage reported in Tazewell County on Thursday -- including a fallen tree that damaged vehicles and an outbuilding at a residence on Tazewell Avenue in Tazewell.

Winds were also blamed for minor power outages.

As this snow storm bears down on the Two Virginias, we can expect widespread snowfall all morning and into the afternoon. The highest snowfall totals will be focused on elevations above 2,500ft.

Additionally, snow totals will be highest in the Greenbrier Valley where accumulation is expected to be around 6-12 inches. Snow showers will begin to diminish for the lowest elevations starting this evening. For the higher elevations (above 2500ft), snow showers will persist until Saturday afternoon.

Highs today will struggle to get out of the 20s, and lows tonight will drop into the upper teens.

Conditions clear up by Sunday with sunny skies, but a week low pressure system will bring some rain showers on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

By Wednesday, a much stronger low pressure system will push into the area bringing rain and a strong cold front. Behind that, rain will change over to snow by Thursday with highs struggling to reach the freezing mark. Conditions will once again clear by Friday.

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