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Wet, heavy snow — and lots of it — will begin rolling into Haywood County late Saturday night and continue throughout the day Sunday, bringing the potential for down trees and power outages.

Total snowfall could range between 6” and 18” across the county.

“Snow is expected to be wet and that will likely lead to downed trees and powerlines,” said Lauren Silver, a meteorologist with N.C. Emergency Services.

The good news for Haywood County is that ice and sleet is not expected to accompany the snow.

“Ice accumulations at this point would be very minor,” Silver said.

The bad news is that high winds are expected to trail the back end of the storm on Monday, contributing to the likelihood of power outages due to winds toppling trees and limbs overburdened with snow.

So when will the snow start?

“Snowfall is expected to start Saturday evening after sunset, and it will increase in coverage and intensity after midnight,” Silver said.

“It will largely start to taper off Sunday evening. However, we could see some snow showers linger into Monday.”

Don’t expect to be able to get out and about on Monday.

“Temperatures will struggle to reach above freezing Monday. So it will be difficult for any of the accumulated snowfall to melt,” Silver said.

“We will likely see a refreeze Monday night with the threat of balck ice. That will result in hazardous road conditions through Tuesday.”

Silver shared the outlook for Snow Storm Izzy’s impacts on Friday afternoon in a conference call with more than two dozen representatives of Haywood County entities, including law enforcement agencies, EMS, Haywood Regional Medical Center, the school system, Haywood Community College and representatives from each municipality and various county agencies.

During the interagency conference call, each representative shared the response plans and measures being taken to keep Haywood County residents safe during the snowstorm, as well as sharing the resources each entity was ready to deploy as the snow began falling.

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