Buncombe County, Asheville officials talk storm plans during news conference

As a snowstorm took aim at the area, Buncombe County and city of Asheville officials discussed their plans during a news conference Saturday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As a snowstorm took aim at the area Saturday, Buncombe County and city of Asheville officials discussed their plans.

“Collectively, we think that there’s a huge responsibility for all of us to help our neighbors and particularly for city services to be delivered as effectively, as well as county and state and all other governmental entities,” Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell said.

Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller urged local residents to stay off the roads.

“We need your help. Your help for us would be if you don’t have to go out, please do not go out," Miller said. "We are prepared to respond, but you can really help us if you stay off the roads unless it’s an emergency.”

The area is under a Winter Storm Warning until noon Monday. Significant snow and wintry mix are expected, with most areas seeing 10-18 inches of snow, though amounts will vary across Western North Carolina. The heaviest precipitation is anticipated late Saturday through the evening Sunday.

“If we have to open shelters because of power failures, we will," Buncombe County Emergency Services director Jerry Vehaun. "If it’s necessary to take other actions, we’ll do that also.”

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