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SEVERE WEATHER ALERT UPDATE: Multiple Accidents Reported; Schools Close

By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE @ 6:54 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Though the snow didn't add up to many inches on the ground, it definitely wreaked havoc on the roads. Reports of serious accidents began early this morning not long after the snow started falling.

"When the snows flying and the roads get slick, that's when our days get the busiest," said Justin Haynes with Charleston Auto Towing and Recovery. "I mean, we run nonstop when the snow is flying."

At least a dozen accidents were reported in the Kanawha region, ranging from fender-benders to serious injuries.

At 4:45 p.m. Friday, there was a one-car crash at the 45-mile marker on Interstate 64 East at Nitro. The driver of the car suffered injuries, according to Metro 911.

I-64 also was the scene of an accident involving a truck that tipped over. Carol Abernathy, who witnessed the accident, said, "He wasn't going fast or anything. He came around the turn and started to slide and tip, tip, tip and then he just slid all the way over and boom."

Abernathy said the truck driver suffered an arm injury .

Earlier Friday, accidents were reported on Interstate 77 North after a car slid on ice into a wall on Leon Sullivan Way.

Another truck accident was reported on U.S. 119 when a truck slid on ice into a lamp post. That accident blocked northbound lanes until crews were able to tow the truck from the scene.

Drivers in Charleston admitted roads were slippery but were being extremely careful.

"There have been times I started out slow in the car and then my wheels have skid just starting out, so it's a little dicey out," said Mary Lou Wiegand.

Jason Webb agreed, saying, "We are all trying to watch out in front of us and drive cautiously and slow."

And cautious and slow is exactly how officials are asking the public to remain while roads continue to be slick.



UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 64 is down to one lane in Charleston after a tractor trailer accident.

The accident was reported just before 2 p.m. Friday in the westbound lanes just past the Oakwood exit.

The semi is on its side, blocking all but the fast lane.

This is just one of multiple accident being reported across Kanawha County.

Nitro Police report the roads in the Nitro-Cross Lanes are extremely slick. Several accidents have already been reported along I-64 in that area.

No serious injuries have been reported, but Kanawha County Metro 911 is asking drivers to stay off the roads unless you have to travel.

Several school districts dismissed early due to the weather conditions.

WSAZ Meteorologists are tracking the storm and expect most of area to see 2 to 3 inches by Friday evening. The mountains could get anywhere from 4 to 7 inches.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Metro 911 is asking drivers to stay off the roads unless you have to travel.

According to Metro 911, multiple accidents have been reported across the county, including several along Interstate 64 in Cross Lanes and Institute.

Nitro Police also report the roads in the Nitro-Cross Lanes are extremely slick.

No serious injuries have been reported, but drivers should slow down and use caution.

Several school districts dismissed early due to the weather conditions.

WSAZ Meteorologists are tracking the storm and expect most of area to see two to three inches by Friday evening. The mountains could get anywhere from four to seven inches.

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UPDATE 1/25/13 @ 11:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several accidents in Kanawha County are being blamed on the current icy conditions.

As of 11:25 a.m., most roads are snow covered in and around Charleston and in several other parts of the region.

WSAZ Meteorologists are tracking the storm and expect most of area to see two to three inches by Friday evening. The mountains could get anywhere from four to seven inches. With temperatures near freezing, the roads are becoming slick.

Right now, traffic traveling north on Interstate 77 near the Leon Sullivan exit in Charleston is moving slow after an accident where a vehicle hit a barrier.

Other accidents have been reported along Route 119 and MacCorkle Avenue.

Also, two accidents have been reported at Jackson Plaza in Jefferson. Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com a Jeep was stopped a red light when the driver behind slid into the vehicle.

Deputies say the icy conditions are to blame.

Dispatchers in Lincoln County are reporting extremely slick conditions on Route 10 between Branchland and West Hamlin. Dispatchers are reporting over an inch of snow has fallen in Lincoln County.

No serious injuries have been reported, but drivers are urged to slow down and use caution.

Several school districts are dismissing early due to the weather conditions.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some schools are starting to dismiss early in anticipation of Friday's snow storm.

Snow is already falling in Huntington and is expected to head east towards Charleston late morning.

WSAZ Meteorologists are tracking the storm and expect most of area to see two to three inches by Friday evening. With temperatures near freezing, the roads are expected to ice up in some spots.

However, as of 9:45 a.m. there haven't been any reports of any problems on the roads. Drivers are urged to use caution.

Click on the link below to get the complete list of the school dismissals.

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