CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most of West Virginia will pick-up significant snow accumulation through Thursday afternoon from a winter storm that got its start in Georgia Wednesday. By late Wednesday night southern coalfield counties and the Greenbrier Valley had already received several inches.

The National Weather Service has more than a third of the state under a winter storm warning. It added Mingo, Boone and Lincoln counties to the list Wednesday night. Kanawha and counties up the I-79 corridor remained under a winter weather advisory. 

The heaviest accumulations will likely be in the higher elevations from Beckley to Elkins.

“If you’re on that up-slope side of the eastern mountains, this could have quite an impact,” said Meteorologist Joe Merchant of the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Twenty-two counties had already closed schools for Thursday by late Wednesday night. Three other counties were to begin the day on two-hour delays with the list likely to grow.

The snow’s path took a westerly turn Wednesday afternoon causing forecasters to up snow accumulation predictions in some areas. The heaviest snow is expected to be gone by Thursday afternoon. A clipper system could dump another inch or two on the southcentral section of the state Friday.

It didn’t take long for accumulations to add up Wednesday night. Beckley had more than six inches of snow by 11 p.m.

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  • rick

    Winter in West Virginia. If you dont't feel safe driving to work don't go. I have always been an "essential employee". I don't have a choice. People in the private sector don't get paid if they don't work. If you are a nonessential employee then take annual leave and stay home.

  • TruthTeller

    Maybe they should stop spraying our skies with chemicals to try to modify the weather.

    • Larry

      I hope you're joking, and don't believe the ridiculous, "chemtrails make the snow not melt and turn black with a lighter" thing.

    • Harpers Ferry

      I'm sorry, but you're just plain wrong. Anyone with half a brain knows this storm is the work of Freemasons and Aliens. Oh, and Teachers as well, because they are so lazy that they decided to make it snow instead of work.

    • Big Hooptie

      Omg, it's Rosie O'Donnell.

  • Larry

    Those minivans really shouldn't park in the ditch in such inclement weather.

  • Lisa

    almost 13 inches in Mt Lookout....Beautiful morning!

  • Patty

    Almost 17" in Scherr WV & still snowing hard.

  • DR

    13 inches in Raleigh Co / Flat Top are!

    • DR


  • Undertheradar

    Does any of the leadership within State Government understand the concept "Essential Employees only" or utilize telework during risky weather and other emergencies or do they prefer employees risk their lives to report to a building in Charleston to perform their work? Oh, I forgot, the taxpayers have to pay Dollar Danny his $2.00 per payday fee and pay the landlords to house thousands of employees in little cubicles of big buildings within the corporate limits of Charleston to perform their jobs. Wake up before someone gets killed trying to travel to a building in Charleston when the work could be performed from home. We are supposed to be in the digital age!

    • So

      X 1000. We're certainly not paid like essential employees yet we're required to risk our lives in this weather. I can count on one hand the snow days I've gotten off in my nearly ten years of being a state employee. My office won't let us teleworking even in emergency situations like today.

      • Bingo

        I know one employee who works in Charleston that has the capability to work from home but they still have to take leave time because they are not in the office. The governor would be amazed at how far some people drive daily to work for the state and make a puny check. Even some essential employees drive over an hour to work there. No Governor has ever cared, but the past have been the worst.

        • Josh

          The private sector has to go to work as well. It's not all doom and gloom

      • Undertheradar

        Old school mentality in management positions. Over time this mentality may change & catch up with the rest of the country & private business.

  • TB

    Thank goodness for global warming...

    • J

      It's called climate change and this snow is called evidence.

      • Pickle Barrel

        Yeah, change the term to cover all your bases and you'll never be wrong. I recall the global warming kooks claiming the arctic ice would melt by now and the poor polar bears would be adrift on ice blocks.

      • Harpers Ferry

        Winter + Cold Temperatures + Snow = NORMAL!!!!

        Just like,

        Summer + Hot Temperatures + Hurricanes = NORMAL!!!!

        It's not really that hard to figure out

      • Todd

        And people like you are called looney tunes.

      • zero tolerance

        Right because in the liberal mind Cold is caused by Hot, Up is caused by Down, Life doesn't exist in the womb but could on Mars, Gun Control saves children but Abortion is fundamental right of a women, Higher Unemployment is caused by a stronger Economy..............and the list goes on with irrational & pragmatic concepts.

  • jim

    We have over a foot already in the eastern panhandle (grant Co) @ 5am

  • Just the truth

    When I was a kid, you were required to have chains or real snow tires to drive during snow emergencies. Nowadays, anything goes. I get that people have to work. But driving cars with real wheel drive in snow that exceeds 3 or more inches is simply stupid. Hitch a ride with someone else that has 4-wheel drive, walk or make other arrangements. But please get the heck off the road and stop hindering the DOH plows and those who have 4-wheel drive.

    • Shadow

      The problem with folks that have 4-wheel drive is that they don't realize that they can't stop any quicker or in less distance than 2-wheel drive. They still tailgate like they do when the road is dry.

      • WV Proud

        That is a good point. But cars shouldn't be on the roads in this kind of weather. End of story.

  • 1hillbilly

    Again , we aren't listening . Stop driving your cars , shut down all of the coal mines and send all of your money to other countries so they can fight Global Warming , Al Gore and the Liberal Democrats aren't kidding .

  • Harpers Ferry

    Snow again? Someone needs to stop those teachers! Their evil snow dances are endangering an early Spring!

  • Stan the Man

    Pendleton County has one of the best road crews in the state. The problem is not the DOT, it is the drivers that can't drive or go too fast. Just try driving a snow plow with the snow coming straight at you all night long or try to dodge people who are just in the way and should stay at home.

    • bandit

      No, people shouldn't be out in this, although, they're those of us who cherish a job enough to go to work even on days like this. One good thing about Pendleton's DOH is that they know how to handle snow like this. Here in the eastern panhandle, they just curl up in a ball, let it snow a foot, then try to go out and clear it.

  • Mountain Navy

    WV has to have the worst snow removal program in the country. I have never seen the roads this bad in a winter time than this winter.

    Virginia has dropped brine already and they are prepared. They drop salt and sand during the storm and their roads are in much better shape.

    • John of Wayne

      Remembering the 60's when sawdust was spread from the back of trucks with shovels, I for one think the state workers do very well and I appreciate their efforts.

    • jdietz

      I am in Bluefield and just came in from V Tazewell VA. Their roads are just like WV's. Snow covered and slick.

      We have at least 10" (measured with a ruler) at work. I had several inches more at home but that is at the foot of East River Mountain.

    • TC

      Our crews and supervisors all grew up here in wv for the biggest part. They DOH knows what there doing it's a simple case of no money. They do use a salt brine before a suspected storm however when u use a high mix of salt it cost more money and when you use more salt it tears up the roads and people moan and groan about that to. And in return it takes more funding to resurface those roads. So leave the DOH alone they do the best the can with what they got.

      • rose

        You are right about brine.
        They usually only brine our roads before freezing rain...not snow.
        And they do a great job in my county. During the storm they can only do so much before the roads are bad again right where they just went over.
        During the 50's-60's my grandpa and his neighbors used to break the roads open with horses and railroad ties....after a week of being shut in.
        So, I think we have it pretty easy.

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  • rick

    Don't forget to get the bread and milk.