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UPDATE: Snow, wind make morning travel tricky

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(WVVA) -- A powerful storm system brought a strong cold front through the area Wednesday afternoon, and led to snow-covered roadways across much of the region Thursday morning.

As the front passed, winds gusted to 50mph for some along with a few spotty reports of gusts over 60mph. Rain was brief, but scattered showers lasted for a few hours after the front passed.

Temperatures before the cold front arrived maxed out in the upper 50s to mid 60s across the Two Virginias. After the front passed, temps began a free fall and dropped 30 degrees in under 5 hours.

Temperatures dropped into the low to mid teens by morning, but with wind gusts to 40mph, wind chills fell to the single digits above and below 0.

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Road conditions deteriorated overnight from snow accumulation along with black ice. Up to three inches total accumulation was expected as the snow ended Thursday.

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High Wind Warnings continue through Noon Thursday for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Bland, Wythe, Giles, & Tazewell counties and Wind Advisories were cancelled for McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Pocahontas, & Buchanan counties around 7PM. Winds will stay strong through out Thursday though with gusts up to 30-40mph. Wind Chill Advisories have been issued for many through Thursday morning. The coldest spots will be the hilltops and chills may fall as low as -10 to -15 degrees.

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