Storm Shifts 30 Miles Leaving Thousands Waking Up to Unexpected Snow

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Many Huntington residents woke up, Thursday, not to their alarm clocks, but the email notification that school in Cabell County was closed.

"I was led to believe we were having a dusting," says Billy Richie. "Then I looked outside and oh, wow!"

Huntington and parts of Cabell County seeing three to four inches in spots.

It made for a messy morning commute and some people traveling up 5th Street Hill towards the interstate and out to Wayne found themselves stuck.

"I'm waiting for help," says Sara Bledsoe, of Ona. "I tried to come up the hill with my car and it just refused to go any further."

The big traffic tie-up was on I-64 eastbound at mile marker 8. A tractor trailer, ended in the median, after the driver claims he was cut off by another trucker. Police say those cable barriers you see along the interstate in Cabell County made all the difference.

"They did their job," says Huntington Police Officer C.E. Bradshaw. "Those cable barriers stopped the truck from going in this lane and causing a head on collision."

Both lanes of I-64 eastbound had to be shut down for a while, to haul that rig away.

The Kneafsey family is just back from a ski trip to Caanan Valley. They hit the slopes at Ritter Park for a little sledding and family fun. The big difference between the trips, is this one was free.

"Oh, it's been terrific" says Kathleen Kneafsey. "Bright blue sky, and great snow. It's just fun."

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