Concord University closed at 2 p.m. and canceled evening classes Wednesday in Athens and Beckley, W.Va., as a snow storm worked its way north putting one third of the state under a winter storm warning .
The warning has been expanded to cover about 22 counties and is effective in from this afternoon through Thursday night and, in some counties, Friday morning. The warning covers counties stretching from Bluefield in the south to Martinsburg in the Eastern Panhandle.
The National Weather Service says the snow could lead to sporadic power outages and hazardous travel conditions.
The pink in this map from the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va., web site is a winter storm warning, the purple a winter weather advisory, the blue a winter storm watch and the yellow means hazardous weather outlook.
The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., covers the state's eastern-most counties and has released this map showing possible snow totals of up to 14 inches for counties in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Yesterday the governors of Virginia and Maryland declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm.
Power Companies Prepare
Appalachian Power is staging more than 30 contractors in southern West Virginia.
The utility said Wednesday that 32 contractors will be staged in Princeton. They will respond wherever needed on Thursday.
Appalachian Power vice president Phil Wright says in a news release that the utility is confident its system will hold up well.
Wright says colder temperatures and a lack of wind should limit widespread outages.
If the extra crews aren't needed after the storm passes, they'll be on standby to help other utilities.
First Energy, which has Mon Power and Potomac Edison are also preparing.
A news release says company meteorologists are monitoring the weather and additional resources will be deployed if necessary.