Associated Press Published

Much of State Deals with Flood Warnings


  Flood warnings have been issued as heavy rains move through West Virginia before giving way to significant snowfall.

Schools in at least 15 counties sent students home early due to high water and other storm-related issues Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says an ice jam caused stream flooding near Moundsville. A flooded creek poured over a bridge in Morgantown and swollen streams inundated roads in several other communities.

State transportation officials say a rock slide closed one lane of southbound Interstate 77 near the Jackson-Wood county line.

In northern West Virginia, the weather service says the Tygart Valley River is forecast to crest 3 feet above flood stage Thursday in Philippi and 2 feet above in Belington.

Up to 10 inches of snow was forecast by Thursday.