Even Minor Elevation Levels Impact Local Snow Accumulation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Snow pounding the Tri-State is playing hit and miss with thousands of people across the region.

The big factor in what people are seeing out their window appears to be elevation, even if it's just blocks away.

"There's definitely colder air, the higher you go," WSAZ.com Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier said. "That's why even a few degrees in temperature, like we're seeing, is making a a huge difference on where you live."

At one point during Tuesday, there were more than 10,000 Cabell County AEP customer's sitting in the dark. By the time the sun set, it was hovering around 1,000.

"Volume wise, it was really just a typical day," said Mike Davis, director of Cabell County 911. "The farther you get out of town, the roads obviously deteriorate and we end up having the accidents. There's more trees in the roads that tend to fall over, especially with the ground saturation we've had. We expected them to fall over and take some power lines, which has happened."

Mitch Nichols lives just two and a half miles from Huntington. While downtown Huntington saw misting rain and no snow, Nichols had enough in his front yard to actually get out a shovel.

"The forecast in advance for the people up here is very important," Nichols says. "No one would want their children going out today on a day like today, even though there's no snow downtown. We still have a lot here."

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