CHARLESTON, W.Va. — School officials across West Virginia were forced to close Tuesday because of a winter storm that is forecasted to dump up to eight inches of snow in some areas.

Snow began early Tuesday morning from west to east with several heavy bands associated with an Alberta Clipper. All 55 counties closed their school doors for the day. With last week’s water emergency, Kanawha County students have now missed 7 straight days of school, not counting the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The National Weather Service said it would snow for most of Tuesday. More specifically, places like Charleston, Logan, Madison, Spencer, Sutton, Weston and Clarksburg could get 3 to 5 inches; Welch, Mullens, Montgomery, Summersville, Buckhannon and Elkins could pick up 4 to 6 inches from the system; with 6 to 8 inches possible in the mountain counties along with the eastern panhandle, Morgantown and Fairmont.

NWS Meteorologist Kevin McGrath said snow could be falling at a rate of one inch per hour.

“It’s going to be locally heavy at times probably coming to an end from west to east starting at about 1 o’clock (Tuesday afternoon) and then ending int he far eastern mountains during the evening hours,” he said.

Behind the snow is another piece of the polar vortex. Temperatures will drop in the single digits in most areas Tuesday night. McGrath said it won’t be as cold as it was two weeks ago.

“We will still have bitter windchill value Wednesday morning with minus-5 degrees in the lowlands, with minus-15 degrees in the mountains of eastern West Virginia,” McGrath said.

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  • griff

    You sound like a girl. This is winter in WV. Quit ur crying

  • Shadow

    As Sherman said: War is Hell!

  • Mountain Man

    Oh and by the way Governor Tomblin, if any Guard airman or soldiers are injured or killed on their way home at the end of their duty, it will be on your and the A.G.'s head.

  • BAC

    Commenters on here are incorrectly using "your" when they criticize teachers! Obviously people who learned little in school. "Your" is possessive. "You're" = "you are." You can still learn...try it!

    • Larry

      Don't forget all the misused they're, their, and there's, and the all time winners lose and loose.

    • Hop'sHip

      You're full of it. How'd I do?

  • Doug

    All this time I thought a Polar Vortex was a Canadian roller coaster.

  • Jephre

    The sub-headline of this story got me thinking - wow, 55 school districts in a small state like WV. What would the potential savings be if some of those small districts were consolidated, reducing the number of administrators and freeing up some funds for teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc? I know, I can hear the politicians screaming already, but just sayin'....

    • Aaron

      Research the Regional Education Services Agency on the West Virginia Board of Education website. If we eliminated 55 Board of Educations and put schools under administrations similar to the RESA system, West Virginia taxpayers would save millions every year.

    • Oh Did Ya?

      Too logical

  • Hillbilly

    It looks like Global Warming is going to bite us again . We need to send billions more to other countries to help the fight on global warming . Thanks Al , you jerk !!!

    • Hop'sHip

      Aw yes. The Rush Limbaugh / Donald Trump school of climatology. I'm cold, thus global warming is a hoax.

      • Charleston

        Hop's: I believe you need to take this argument to East Asia. While you are there, could you bring some the jobs back too?

        • Hop'sHip

          I don't get it. I'm not sure what argument I should take to East Asia, or why I should. Must be Tea Party humor.

          • Charleston

            P.s. Thanks for the "Tea Party" jab. I guess you have there respect considering the capitalization?

          • Charleston

            You must have not been reading the CNN website within the past three hours. The title as stated, "China's exports linked to western U.S. air pollution'.

      • bulldog95

        Ahhh yes, but to blame too much snow, no snow at all, predict the worst year ever for hurricanse and then get one of the seasons least amount of hurricanes on record... I could go on and on, but its all due to global warming.

        Thats like the fat guy in austin powers saying he eats because he is fat and is fat because he eats. It a win win, find something to blame everything on and it the masses buy it.

        • Hop'sHip

          dog. Could you provide me with more information where climatologists predicted "the worst year ever for hurricanse"? That doesn't sound like something they would do.

      • Harpers Ferry

        Or maybe it's more likely that fluctuations in the solar cycle, the Earth's magnetic field, and the Earth's track around the sun play a much more pivotal role than the role humans play in the climate. You are a sheep, so you follow the easy, and incorrect, explanation that is "climate change".

        • Jephre


        • Hop'sHip

          So who is my shepherd, Mr Ferry? I admit I am completely unqualified to make any judgments or arguments about climate trends and humans' role in such. You may be, but I doubt it. My only point to Mr. Hillbilly is that one temperature observation at one time at one place hardly provides one with sufficient information to make broad proclamations like he did. If he was in California today, he might conclude something different.

          • Shadow

            Agree, any firm position on this subject is dubious. The Future is always an unknown except for death and taxes.

          • Hop'sHip

            Shadow. I don't have a position on climate change nor would or should anyone care what my position might be for I don't know enough to claim to have an informed opinion. It seems clear that there has been a correlation between CO2 concentrations and global temperatures but I am not sure it is a causal relationship. What I do reject is the notion that those who argue that such a causal relationship exists are all corrupt and do so strictly to advance themselves financially.

          • Shadow

            Have you changed your position on Climate Change? I have always thought you were a proponent.

  • Hop'sHip

    It's never good to have the polar vortex visit at the same time you are bringing in potential football recruits from Florida.

  • ron "from morgantown"

    An LA Clipper would be better

  • steve

    Alberta was always frigid ...never let me touch her...........................

    • jon


  • Dustin

    Sounds like a 1920's hoochie coochie girl.

  • Harpers Ferry

    Clipper? I barely knew her!

  • rdl

    Alberta Clipper. As long as its not a polar vortex.

    • Wowbaggers

      But it is a polar vortex!

      In reality it is more like a Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or perhaps a North West Territories or Nunavut Clipper, but Alberta just sounds better!

      • In da stickes

        You gotta sell what sells. Meteorologists are not excepted.

        • Wowbaggers

          Yep, when weather is news the headlines just have to be dramatic too. Nunavut Clipper just doesn't have the same ring somehow.

  • justme

    How did a winter storm turn into teacher bashing.

    • Shadow

      The let Dropouts have computers.

  • whywork

    Why can't we just give all the lazy teachers a shovel, and if school is cancelled they can shovel snow for eight to ten hours?

    Two problems solved

    • local

      you're an idiot

    • Rob

      Teachers are some of the hardest working people I know. The people that bash them are just jealous that they made poor life decisions and don't like their own profession.

      • Dee

        I love my profession as a Social Worker but I don't understand why we all can't have the luxury that teachers do. Teachers could be in their classrooms today preparing for how to make up all the missed lessons once school does return.

      • wvfreys

        good one - Ha!!!!!!
        Your making a joke right?

        • Shadow

          It is so obvious that you don't know many teachers. They must beyond your circle of friends.

      • richard

        What are you talking about poor life decisions? Many of the teachers I have seen are some of the most miserable people on earth. You would think they didn't get half the year off - oh wait, they do.

        • Grey4449

          Your so wrong about teachers. The only full month they get off is July. They work into June and start the second week in August. They work and their pay is stretched out over 12 months. Guys who work on barges work 30 on and 30 off. How about teachers who buy clothes for needy students and the student never knows where the money came from. I know one teacher who purchased over eight hundred dollars for toys for Christmas for needy kids. I know other teachers who give part of their 30 minute lunch to help kids with school work. Teachers work the ticket booths for football and basketball games and get no pay for it. Where would we all be without teachers. And I,m no teacher either. I do go to church with several.

          • richard

            Maybe you should go to any given facebook page of someone who is friends with several teachers. Look and see how many of them are sitting around praying for a couple inches of snow so that they don't have to go to work. Check it out some time. It is very interesting.

          • jfk

            Well said and to add there are rotten eggs in any profession but as in any profession most are good at what they do. But based on how some of these kids behave in school and disrespect teachers if parenting were a profession I would say parenting has the highest percentage of rotten eggs in it. Sad thing is we parents will pay $100 for a round of golf $50 to get nails done etc. but will fuss about paying a babysitter $2 an hour. Teachers shouldn't have to be parents to but they are and aren't paid enough.
            Teachers work 200 to 210 days a year, year around employees work 261 days so teachers either don't get paid in July and August or they spread that pay over 12 months. By now I would say most if not all Teachers are ready to be back at work.
            PS I am not a teacher but I am a school employee

        • mntrbob

          I can understand your being upset with teachers as they failed in teaching you math.

    • Harpers Ferry

      I agree!!! We teachers and our evil snow dances are endangering the public. We would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those darned kids!!!

      • richard

        Sadly, that is exactly how some teachers really feel.

    • mntrbob

      Been in many classrooms lately? Many counties will make up all or part of the days off.

      • richard

        very few, if the teachers have their way.

        • Tom

          Is your last name Cranium?

        • mntrbob

          Not up to the teachers.