Winter Weather


Flood waters that left residents stranded in their homes have receded in most places, according to emergency services in some southern West Virginia Counties. The flood warning issued by the National Weather Service  remains in effect until 6:45 p.m. Thursday for parts of West Virginia.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State officials are urging West Virginians to take precautions against bitter cold weather.

Temperatures fell to record levels on Thursday morning in Bluefield and Lewisburg.

The National Weather Service says the low temperature in Bluefield was 4 degrees below zero. The previous record for Feb. 19 was 3 degrees in 1993.

Snowy Thanksgiving Travel Predicted

Nov 25, 2014
Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Weather Service says parts of West Virginia could get up to 7 inches of snow for the start of the busy Thanksgiving travel period.

The weather service has issued a storm warning effective Wednesday in Greenbrier County. A storm watch is in place for 11 other counties, mostly in the northeastern part of the state.  The counties in the watch area are Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties.

Paul Mattox
Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting (File Photo)

West Virginia's top transportation official says the state spent $13.5 million more than it expected to clear snowy, icy roads this winter.

But Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox says extra revenue from motorist taxes more than covered the pressing winter road needs.

Through April, state fuel and vehicle privilege taxes came in a combined $28.7 million higher than what the state projected. Registrations brought in an extra $2.6 million.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The winter of 2014 continues to break records in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says a blast of arctic air on Tuesday broke low temperature records for March 4 in Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and Lewisburg.
In Elkins, the temperature dropped to minus-10 degrees. The previous record was minus-7 degrees in 1996.

Through the storm today, there have been no requests for emergency shelters, but the Red Cross was ready to provide them in any case. 

Red Cross Regional CEO Erica Mani says volunteers began preparing vehicles and supplies Friday afternoon in anticipation of the storm, but they weren't needed after all.

Submitted Photo / WVDOT

A harsh winter has reduced the state's supplies of salt used to treat snow and ice-covered roads.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly says the state is getting to the bottom of its salt supplies.

'Titan' Storm Closes Schools, Causes Delays in W.Va.

Mar 3, 2014
Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Public schools across West Virginia are closed and some government offices are closing or delaying openings because of a winter storm.

The storm began Sunday as rain and changed overnight to sleet and then snow. Winter storm warnings remain in effect through Monday evening for most of the state.

Winter weather has shut down government offices, shopping malls and, of course, public schools. School was in session for President’s Day in some schools systems in order to make up for snow days.

There’s no doubt that children look forward to the automated calls from school administrators canceling or delaying school days. But some working parents dread those calls since another snow day means another day to find child care or even miss work.

Fayette County Superintendent Keith Butcher is hoping to ease the tension by adding a melody to the message.

Jessica Lilly

Some parts of West Virginia are buried by more than a foot of snow as a winter storm barrels across the state. The National Weather Service (NWS) is calling for an additional  accumulation of two to four inches throughout the day in several counties in the southern part of the state.

Preliminary snowfall totals from the (NWS) include 18 inches in Mount Storm, 15 inches in Jefferson County, more than 14 inches in Ronceverte,  and 16 inches in Athens.

Residents across the state are shoveling out from the winter storm although snowfall is expected through the day.

Tim Doty

Power crews are moving into the region along with the latest winter storm.

In a release, Appalachian Power said nearly 100 contractors and employees moved into areas expected to experience the most severe effects of the storm.

Phil Wright, Appalachian Power’s vice president of distribution operations said in the release that colder temperatures and a lack of wind are expected to work in the power company's favor to limit wide-spread outages.

West Virginia is about to experience the coldest temperatures the state has seen in about 20 years.

The National Weather Service issued the following winter weather message mentioning several counties in northern Virginia, western Maryland and eastern West Virginia this afternoon:

Jessica Kuniyoshi

Residents around the state woke up to a wintry mix of snow, rain, and ice Sunday morning. In many areas, multiple inches have fallen and local authorities are cautioning residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Many events have been canceled throughout the state, so please check the organization sponsoring the event before traveling.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of the state Tuesday into Wednesday as a Nor’easter makes its way across the mid west and into the northeast.

Meteorologist Ken Batty of the NWS said much of the state will experience light to moderate rain showers throughout the day Tuesday that will increase into the evening hours.

The northern panhandle is the exception as they are experiencing colder temperatures already bringing them snow. Areas near Wheeling and Weirton will continue to see snowfall throughout the day Tuesday into Wednesday.