Winter storm warning in effect until 6 a.m. Friday

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow in effect until 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 for the western piedmont and parts of the foothills of North Carolina.

Some of the hazards expected with the warning are the potential for heavy snow, rain changing to snow during the early evening hours and the possibility of the snow turning briefly to freezing rain before ending shortly after midnight.

An accumulation of 3-5 inches is expected in some areas.

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Other potentially dangerous weather associated with the warning includes a potential for gusty winds that may cause trees to fall and pull down power lines. Travel problems including reduced visibility and black ice are also expected.

Temperatures will be in the upper 30s by evening, falling to upper 20s by sunrise Friday.  Winds are expected to blow north 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

The National Weather Service asks that residents report snow and ice accumulations as well as any damage to trees or structures by calling them toll free at 1-800-267-8101. Leave a message with your observation and the address where it occurred.

The Bulletin would also appreciate emails with information about downed trees or power lines in the area, as well as any power outages. You can email us at