Noon: Special Weather Alert

Winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 am Thursday.

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. An additional inch to 4 inches are expected through this afternoon and tonight tonight, with the greatest additional accumulating occurring later this afternoon and into the evening in the Mountain Empire and the High Country of North Carolina. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts between 8 and 11 inches, are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia and northwest North Carolina.

* WHEN…Today through 8 AM EDT Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Northwest winds may gust to 45 mph or stronger this evening into Thursday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.