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SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: Several Roads Closed Due to Icy Weather Conditions

By: Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards, Josh Fitzpatrick Email
By: Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards, Josh Fitzpatrick Email

UPDATE 12/21/12 @ 3:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Icy roads are causing major issues in Cabell County.

Several single-vehicle accidents have traffic backed up on Interstate 64.

Dispatchers say an accident has been reported in the southbound lanes of I-77 near the Leon Sullivan Way exit.

Icy condition have also shut down the ramp between Washington Street East and the 36th Street Bridge. DOH crews have been called to salt the road.

You are urged to be cautious if you are traveling Friday evening.



UPDATE 12/21/12 @ 3:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Icy conditions are being reported in Charleston.

Dispatchers say an accident has been reported in the southbound lanes of I-77 near the Leon Sullivan Way exit.

Icy condition have also shut down the ramp between Washington Street East and the 36th Street Bridge. DOH crews have been called to salt the road.

Dispatchers say they are also getting calls I-77 between the I-64/I-77 split and the 35th Street Bridge.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/21/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Much of West Virginia is bracing for several inches of snow on the first day of winter.

According to the Associated Press, some areas could even see blizzard conditions Friday. Nearly three dozen West Virginia Counties are under a winter weather advisory.

The National Weather Service says snow could continue through early Saturday in the state's eastern mountains.

Utility and road crews have been preparing for the storm. It was bringing high winds and flurries on Friday morning.

Nearly 6,000 people across the state have lost power so far.

Mon Power reports about 3,700 outages, the bulk of them in Tucker, Upshur, Barbour and Preston counties.

Appalachian Power says 2,600 customers are in the dark. Most of them are in Kanawha, Logan, Lincoln and Mingo counties.



UPDATE 12/20/12 @ 9:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Late Thursday evening the arctic cold front has passed and now the temperature plunge has begun with snow a few hours away.

Meteorologists say winds have reached their strongest of the day and will remain strong to locally severe overnight and Friday.

Folks driving on elevated roads like an interstate will get a jolt as wind gusts reached 40 even briefly 50 mph.

Local power flickers and outs are likely before morning.

Ground temperatures are warm after this week’s 60 degree highs, so the first few hours of snow will be wet and melting. But that wet snow can quickly turn into ice.

Rule of thumb, traveling north will be worse than south Friday. So those heading to Columbus will find the snow coming down faster than those traveling I-75 South from Lexington.

Points east toward I-77 including Charleston, Ripley, Parkersburg are in for some snow. The I-79 zone toward Sutton, Jane Lew, Clarksburg and Morgantown will see flurries as well.

Meteorologists say expect poor visibility and near blizzard conditions at times in the mountains.

They say travel on I-64 out of Virginia through the Greenbrier Valley and along the WV TURNPIKE, while not recommended, will be passable. Again visibilities will be poor.

If your travel plans take you to Cleveland on I-77 through Eastern Ohio or along I-68 conditions will be the most severe.

Meteorologists say whiteout and near Blizzard conditions make this route undesirable to navigate until Saturday.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The holiday travel season is kicking off Thursday with heavy rain showers across the region.

Meteorologists are expecting the rain to change to snow in many areas overnight. It'll be above freezing through midnight. Snow showers arrive by Friday morning and will last through Saturday morning. A general one to three inches of snow will fall in the Huntington, Ashland and Ironton area. Two to three inches in Charleston, three to six inches in the low mountains and up to a foot or more over the highest elevations.

Crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways are already getting ready for this latest winter storm.

Early Thursday morning crews were making sure the trucks were stocked with salt and there were no mechanical problems.

Several inches of snow are expected in southern West Virginia, near Beckley.

Road crews say they have to be ready to go because once the snow starts falling it is easy to fall behind.


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