Update for 7 a.m. Tuesday:  All schools in West Virginia are closed this morning except Hancock and Brooke, which are operating on a normal schedule, and Gilmer, Marshall, Mineral, Monroe and Ohio, which are operating on a delayed schedule.

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty-three West Virginia county school systems had decided by 11 p.m. Monday not to have school again Tuesday because of the most recent winter storm to hit the Mountain State.

The ice and snow from Sunday and Monday’s weather action was still around Monday night with temperatures headed toward the single digits. There was still much work to do on secondary roads.

Department of Transportation workers spent most of Sunday night into Monday morning trying to keep up with the storm, but spokesperson Carrie Bly said the persistent snowfall made it futile.

“By the time we get through and can plow off one layer, it’s coming right back down!” Bly said.

At times, the snow was falling at a rate of up to two inches per hour. Even the interstates and main byways were covered in white.

“There aren’t many people out on the roads, which is great for us,” said Bly. “It gives us an opportunity to treat the roadways without any obstructions.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s initial told state workers they could delay reporting until 10:30 a.m.—and then he pushed it back to noon, and finally opted to close all state agencies for the day.

“I think that notion from the governor for state employees set a precedent for other employers and kept a lot of people off the roadways and we’re not seeing a lot of accidents,” Bly said.

The DOT’s West Virginia 511 website showed only a handful of accidents throughout the morning. However, there was looming concern for Monday night and Tuesday morning, when temperatures were expected to plummet below zero in some areas.

“When those temperatures drop back down under 20, or especially when we go below 15 degrees, salt is not very effective. That’s where we are going to start putting more abrasives on the road, things to get people traction,” said Bly. “We’ll put down salt or limestone.”

Bly warned drivers to think about their plans for Tuesday’s morning commute: “That’s when you have to ask yourself, ‘Do I really need to travel?’”

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Comments

  • Joanne

    Oh my gosh! The snow and cold brings on the teacher bashing?? First of all, snow days will be made up and the spring break you refer to as a paid vacation, are not paid days off. Those are built into the calander. And I am so sorry your children required tutoring. I also put 3 children thru the West Virginia public school system. One of my children earned a Ph.D in Civil Engineering, one child earned two business degrees in Computer Management Systems, and one child earned a BS in Computer Science. So maybe you may have insisted your children work just alittle harder and worked with the teachers instead of against them.

    • Well Well

      Snow days WILL NOT be made up. Teachers are on a 200 day contract. Those 200 days are funded by the taxpayers. Teachers will not come close to working those 200 days this year. At least in Kanawha County.

      Consequently, teachers are being paid for being off on snow days. There is no reason to keep spring break from being made as make up days. Other than to keep the teachers from throwing another hissy fit.

  • jojo

    People, it's winter. When did we become a state of wimps when it comes to cold.????

  • LEE ARTHUR

    You people are funny !

  • HOSA

    I LIKE TO KNOW WHERE IN THE WORLD MY TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING, I JUST TRIED TO GO OUT TO WORK ON ROUTE 60 AND IT'S JUST A SHEET OF ICE AND DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO THE ROADS. HOWEVER, THE INTERSTATE LOOKS LIKE ITS KINDA CLEAR FROM WATCHING THE NEWS. SO, I GUESS MY TAX DOLLARS GOES FOR THE INTERSTATE AND THE COAL TRUCKS TO TEAR UP THE ROADS. BECAUSE ROUTE 60 IS A MESS. HOME AGAIN DUE TO OUR SO CALLED REPRESENTATIVES.

  • WV Proud 1

    How come when my employer shuts down for snow I have to take vacation or leave to get paid for that but teachers get a free day off? Geez, they have now have two weeks additional and paid vacation this year!! No other employees enjoy this benefit. So when they start whining about their pay for 9.5 months of work, consider all the free paid time off they receive.

    • Whatever

      Another clueless, whiny troll.

      • Lightning

        Start year round school and pay the teachers accordingly. Charge leave for snow days just like every other employee absorbs. Then we'll see how many teachers whine!!! I have no respect for teachers in this state. I watched 3 of my kids go thru public schools and all required tutoring to get where they are today. All are now successful professionals. No credit to the teachers. Why? Because teachers don't teach! Most but not all, are lazy, whiny bums. Throw a random test in and at least 35% would be gone. Heck in our county, it is widely known which ones do drugs. Screw the teachers in this state!

    • Question

      You have an id ten t problem!

  • CaptainQ

    Reminds me of the old motto from back in the days of World War II here in America:

    "Is this trip REALLY necessary?"

    I think I'll stay home today.

  • william

    WOW!
    What a boring video.

    • Uncle Unctuous

      The fellow in the video appears to be wearing black. You usually find black apparel fascinating. But I suppose that's only if the wearer is a coach at WVU. (My error if you aren't that William.)

    • John of Wayne

      Yeah, the lead-in commercial was far more interesting.

  • robb

    They should get calcium carbonate, it is effective up to 30 below, but that might take some planning and money which the state government is unable to manage neither.

    • ViennaGuy

      I think you mean calcium chloride ... calcium carbonate is what makes water hard. :-)

  • griff

    ok March is coming like a lion. Lets pray that is goes out like a lamb :)

  • ole sasquatch

    Do you really need to travel?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89k7Bd8Yd64