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Winter storm update | Snow accumulates throughout the region; scattered accidents reported

10pm continued TEAM COVERAGE | Snow blankets the region
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 3:05 PM EST
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(WSAZ) -- Snow is accumulating throughout much of the region Sunday night after a changeover from rain, sleet and freezing rain -- with some areas reporting weather-related accidents.

By sundown, our crews in the field say a changeover to snow had happened throughout much of the region.

10pm TEAM COVERAGE | Snow accumulates across the region

Around 8 p.m., Scioto County (Ohio) Emergency Management reported the county is on a Level Two snow emergency. Jackson County (Ohio) also was reporting a Level Two snow emergency, as were Athens, Gallia, Lawrence counties in southeast Ohio.

A Level Two emergency also is in effect in Boyd County, Kentucky.

A Level Two snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads also may be quite icy. Only those who feel it’s necessary to drive should be on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution.

In Lewis County, Kentucky, a Level Three snow emergency will be in effect from midnight to 10 a.m. Monday to allow crews to clear and treat roadways.

Slick roads are reported in many places, including areas that were still reporting sleet and freezing rain. Accidents have been reported through much of the region, but most appeared to be relatively minor.

Among areas reporting crashes were near the West Huntington exit of Interstate 64 in the eastbound lanes. No serious injuries were reported in that accident near mile-marker 5, which was called in around 6 p.m.

Elsewhere in West Virginia, as of 9 p.m., scattered accidents were reported in Cabell County (three since 5 p.m. with no injuries), Kanawha County (four since 6:30 p.m.), Putnam County (one with minor injuries), Mason County (about seven on U.S. 35 including several tractor-trailers), and Mingo County (two incidents).

Multiple accidents were also reported in Lawrence County, Ohio, but no serious injuries had been reported.

Late Sunday night, a tree was reported down along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Mink Shoals area, according to our crew at the scene. It happened directly across from the Dollar General there; crews were headed out to clean it up.

A tree fell along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Mink Shoals area of Kanawha County, West Virginia.
A tree fell along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Mink Shoals area of Kanawha County, West Virginia.(WSAZ/Tori Yorgey)

Emergency management officials in Boyd County, Kentucky, including the city of Ashland, reported several accidents. No serious injuries were reported in those crashes.

As of 11:30 p.m., only scattered power outages are reported throughout the Tri-State, according to American Electric Power.

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