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Winter storm could bring 2 feet of snow

By Staff | Feb 4, 2010

Washington Street resident Matt Robertson shovels snow from his walkway following Tuesday night’s snowstorm. Residents are in for another big winter storm this weekend, say officials with the National Weather Service. Snow accumulations of 16 to 24 inches are expected from Friday morning to Saturday evening. Photo by Michael Theis/Chronicle

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Mid-Atlantic region beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and lasting through 10 p.m. Saturday.

Forecasters said residents can expect heavy snow accumulations from 16 to 24 inches and say the storm has the potential to like the Dec. 19 storm that dumped about 20 inches of snow on Shepherdstown and the surrounding region.

Jefferson County Schools are closed Friday; Central Office and all 261 employees will also be closed, according to the Board of Education website.

With wind gusts up to 30 mph Friday night and Saturday, visibility is expected to be below one quarter mile “producing near-blizzard conditions,” according to the NWS. “This will make travel very hazardous or nearly impossible Friday night,” forecasters report on the NWS website.

High temperatures for Friday are expected to hover in the lower 30s, and Friday night and Saturday temperatures will be in the mid-20s.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly Friday afternoon with the heaviest snowfall ocurring between sunset Friday and sunrise Saturday.