Associated Press Published

West Virginia Officials Warn of Possible Extreme Cold


West Virginia officials are warning residents and motorists about possible extreme cold weather this week.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said Gov. Jim Justice asked it and the National Guard to prepare for cold conditions expected through Thursday.

The agency warned about threats to humans, animals and property brought by extreme temperatures. It encouraged residents to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and not to leave portable heaters, wood-burning stoves or fireplaces turned on when away.

Daytime highs across much of the state will range from single digits to below zero, with overnight wind chill temperatures of 25 below zero or lower in portions of northeast West Virginia. Light snow is possible in much of the area.

The release said highway workers will be ready to treat major roads as needed.