Emergency management press conference

(FOX Carolina)

Asheville, N.C. (FOX Carolina) -- Residents of Western North Carolina should be preparing for a harsh winter storm this weekend, officials reported in a press conference to media today.

The worst of the storm will start around 8 p.m tonight for Buncombe County, Jerry Vehaun reports to our crews. Emergency management says the amount of snow fall could be anywhere between 12-20 inches of snow. 

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office is asking drivers to stay at home and stay off the roads, as a precaution. 

Emergency management officials are operating on their highest level of preparedness, Scott Burnette, the Asheville Fire Chief reports to us. All of their stations are staffed up, quick response vehicles have been deployed to be on hand. 

Fire officials are asking that Asheville residents stay inside their home, and remember a major cause of fires this time of year are space heaters, or anything that burns fuel like generators.

Even with this level of preparedness, it will still be difficult to respond to emergencies, emergency response times will be delayed, Chief Burnette says. 

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