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It’s official! Jim Cantore heads to North Carolina, says winter storm could hit ‘like a hammer’

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore (Getty Images)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore is officially headed to North Carolina in anticipation of the winter storm that could hit “like a hammer.”

The Weather Channel meteorologist is headed to Asheville, according to tweets that he responded to on Friday.

Cantore said precipitation “will come in like a hammer” in some spots.

The latest report estimates that this weekend will bring 6 to 12 inches of snow for Forysth and Guilford counties and to neighboring areas.

To the Triad’s northwest, 12 to 18 inches of snow is anticipated. To the southeast, that number is as low as 3 to 6 inches.

Beginning Saturday evening, winter storm watches will cover the entire FOX8 viewing area with winter storm warnings for Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes and Alleghany counties as well as the mountains.

The snow will become freezing rain as Sunday turns to Monday.

Cantore is well-known for showing up in extreme weather and major storms — and gets especially excited over thundersnow.