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UPDATED: Blizzard Warning Expanded In W.Va., Schools Closed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED: 10/29/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A blizzard warning has been expanded to at least 14 counties in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service has added Greenbrier, Pendleton and portions of Grant and Mineral counties to the list of those that will get high winds and heavy, wet snow, including as much as 2 feet on the highest ridge tops.

Also included in the blizzard warning through Wednesday morning are Fayette, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Tucker, Webster and Wyoming counties.

Mercer, Summers and Monroe counties are under a winter storm warning for up to 8 inches of snow.

The weather service says eastern parts of the state can expect to get 2 to 6 inches of rain.

Schools are closed in at least 11 counties Monday as the massive storm moves through the state.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A spokesman for the West Virginia National Guard says its members are ready to respond to this week's storm.

Lt. Col. Dave Lester says the National Guard is participating with other state agencies on twice-daily conference calls to ensure their response efforts are in synch.

A blizzard warning is posted in 10 southeastern and eastern counties with as much as 2 feet of snow possible on the highest ridge tops. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are likely Monday and Tuesday in eight eastern counties. Flooding also is possible in both panhandles and portions of northern West Virginia.

Lester says Guard members have been told to be prepared to respond to a variety of weather events.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A spokesman for the West Virginia National Guard says its members are ready to respond to this week's storm.

Lt. Col. Dave Lester says the National Guard is participating with other state agencies on twice-daily conference calls to ensure their response efforts are in synch.

A winter storm watch is posted in 14 southeastern and eastern counties with as much as 2 feet of snow possible on the highest ridge tops. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are likely Monday and Tuesday in eight eastern counties. Flooding also is possible in both panhandles and portions of northern West Virginia.

Lester says Guard members have been told to be prepared to respond to a variety of weather events.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATED: 10/28/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Forecasters say the first snowstorm of the season in West Virginia's mountainous areas is going to be a blizzard.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued blizzard warnings from midday Monday through Wednesday afternoon in 10 West Virginia counties.

The highest ridge tops could receive up to 2 feet of heavy, wet snow, along with wind gusts of up to 50 mph that reduce visibilities to zero and bring down tree limbs.

Lower elevations could get up to 6 inches of snow.

The warnings are in effect for Fayette, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Tucker, Webster and Wyoming counties.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Airlines have canceled 19 flights heading in and out of Charleston's Yeager Airport on Monday due to the pending storm.

The airport posted the cancelations on its website Sunday. Most of them involve United Airlines flights.

Eleven of the canceled flights involve airports in Washington D.C. The other airports are in New York, Chicago and Houston.

Another United flight scheduled to leave Yeager Airport on Sunday night also was canceled.

A winter storm watch is posted in 14 southeastern and eastern counties with as much as 2 feet of snow possible on the highest ridge tops. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are likely Monday and Tuesday in eight eastern counties. Flooding also is possible in both panhandles and portions of northern West Virginia.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Portions of West Virginia are preparing for strong winds, heavy snow and possible flooding.

The National Weather Service says snow is forecast to start falling Sunday night and continue through Wednesday morning. A winter storm watch was posted in 14 counties along a swath from McDowell to Preston counties. The heaviest accumulations are possible in elevations above 3,000 feet, while lesser amounts are likely in the lower elevations.

Other parts of the state will see a mix of rain and snow, especially Monday night and Tuesday.

A high wind warning will be in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday night in Berkeley, Hampshire, Grant, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, and a flood watch has been posted both days for the Northern Panhandle and portions of northern West Virginia.

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UPDATED: 10/27/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for three West Virginia counties as Hurricane Sandy heads for the Atlantic Coast.

The hurricane is expected to clash with a winter system, dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. The winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday night to Tuesday morning in Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged West Virginians to prepare by gathering batteries, flashlights, bottled water, nonperishable foods and other necessities. He said highway crews, the National Guard and utility crews are preparing to respond.

The West Virginia Red Cross said it also is mobilizing volunteers and getting shelters, relief supplies and disaster response vehicles ready.

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