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Snow in day-before-Thanksgiving forecast for much of western Virginia


SALEM, Virginia — Virginia highway crews have the snow plows ready for a winter storm that's expected to affect much of the western part of the state.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says its crews and contractors can't pretreat the highways because the precipitation is expected to start Wednesday as rain, which would just wash the brine away. The rain is expected to change over to snow, with accumulations of anywhere from an inch to six inches from southwestern to northwestern Virginia. Snow is expected to be heaviest west of the Blue Ridge.

The National Weather Service says central Virginia could get light flurries, but no accumulation, while the eastern part of the state just gets rain.

It's going to make for messy conditions for day-before-Thanksgiving travelers.

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