Snow plows out in Appalachia, ski resorts opening
by John Raby, Associated Press and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press
October 29, 2012 02:45 PM | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Snow plows are out in the southern Appalachian mountains, beginning what could be a long week of snow removal as forecasters predict as much as 3 feet of snow spawned by Hurricane Sandy.

The early snowfall in higher elevations could be a boon for the area’s ski resorts, which have sometimes struggled to keep their slopes open.

Forecasters in West Virginia expanded a blizzard warning for high winds and heavy, wet snow. No significant power outages were reported as of Monday afternoon.

Farther south in Boone, N.C., as much as a foot of snow is expected. Sugar Mountain spokeswoman Kim Jochl says the ski resort plans to open by Halloween, the earliest opening ever in 43 years of operation.

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