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Snow forecast ranges as high as 18 inches

NCDOT and city crews in Henderson County were preparing for a big winter storm that forecasters say could dump up to a foot and a half of snow on the region this weekend.

"High confidence continues that a significant winter storm will impact portions of the region this weekend and possibly continuing into early next week," Henderson County Emergency Services Director Jimmy Brissie said in an advisory Wednesday.
The predicted snow accumulation ranges from 12-18 inches in the southern and eastern parts of Henderson County.

The National Weather Service predicted an 80 percent chance of snow Saturday night, 90 percent Sunday and 50 percent Monday. A slight warmup is not expected until Tuesday, when it will be sunny with a high of around 41.

"We're getting all our supplies ready, getting staff on standby and putting snow chains on fire apparatus," Hendersonville City Manager John Connet said. "We're also making sure all of our backup generators are fueled up and ready to go. It looks like the bulk of the weather will be Saturday afternoon through the weekend.
Andrew Griffin, public works director for the town of Laurel Park, said crews were still busy this week picking up limbs and other debris left over from an ice storm that hit the town on Nov. 24. "We're trying to get it all picked up and get it out of the way," he said.