LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Snow fell hard and fast in Logan County beginning around 3 a.m. Monday and lasting through the afternoon, leaving roads slick and covered in snow.
“It was treacherous,” Roger Pauley, who drove in from South Charleston for work, said. “It was dangerous. I wouldn't advise anybody to be out in it.”
Tires spun out and harsh winds whipped through Logan County all day, keeping many drivers at home. Pauley said staying home was not an option for him, but that it turned his commute from 45 minutes to nearly 90.
“With the economy the way it is and with the way jobs are, I've got to get my work done,” Pauley said. “I just have to take my time, leave a little bit earlier and be careful.”
Plows and salt trucks tried without much success to clear roads. Downtown Logan was almost a ghost town at times, with very few cars or people out, and even U.S. 119 was covered throughout the day.
“Pretty bad,” John Payne, who drove from Mingo County to pick up groceries, said. “Ain't much they can do about it, you know, bad as it is.”
Payne said he should have gotten the groceries on Sunday but didn’t get a paycheck until Monday. Driving in weather like this, he said, means following some ground rules.
“Very slow and four-wheel drive or don't get out,” Payne said.
Throughout the morning in Logan County, snow fell as quickly as 1 to 2 inches per hour, causing an accumulation of several inches by early afternoon.