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Winter storm expected in parts of West Virginia on Wednesday; thousands remain without power

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The National Weather Service says parts of West Virginia could get up to 7 inches of snow for the start of the busy Thanksgiving travel period.

The weather service has issued a storm warning effective Wednesday in Greenbrier County. A storm watch is in place for 11 other counties, mostly in the northeastern part of the state.

Forecasters say a nor'easter is expected to develop along the East Coast. Travel could become hazardous Wednesday on portions of Interstates 68, 64 and 81.

The storm comes on the heels of high winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses Monday. About 4,800 customers of American Electric Power and FirstEnergy remain without power Tuesday, including more than 1,000 each in Monongalia and Upshur counties.

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