CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The weather outside was certainly frightful over the weekend with high water, cold temperatures and wet, heavy snow blanketing the area.
A flood watch remains in effect until Monday as melting snow and additional rains were expected to cause streams and rivers to rise slightly.
The snow fell in big, wet flakes early Sunday morning after a weekend of rain, leading to problems on the roads. The rain began Thursday and didn't really let up until Saturday but freezing temperatures led to a shift in precipitation -- from rain to freezing rain to snow, said Tom Mazza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
"We had a crazy start this morning," a Putnam County emergency dispatcher said. "Thirteen (wrecks) this morning throughout the county."
Two tractor-trailers crashed Sunday morning on Interstate 64 near the U.S. 35 interchange after an encounter with ice, dispatchers said. Putnam County saw between 2 and 5 inches of snow Sunday.
Charleston saw between an inch and a half to 2 inches of snow, Mazza said. Kanawha Metro 911 dispatchers received reports of crashes around the county as well, with incidents on Corridor G (U.S. 119), Interstate 77 near Leon Sullivan Way, DuPont Avenue near the DuPont Belle Plant, Interstate 64 near Institute and Frame Road in the Elkview area.
"We didn't have a bunch, we had a few today," a Kanawha County dispatcher said regarding car crashes. "There were a lot more vehicles losing traction more than anything else. There weren't very many people on the roads because its Sunday morning.
"If you don't have to be out there, don't go out."
More than 50 West Virginia churches -- including some in downtown Charleston and Huntington -- cancelled Sunday morning (and some evening) services because of road conditions, according to a list on WSAZ-TV's website.
Mazza said those areas to the north of Charleston, such as Ripley, Spencer, Liberty and areas just south of Clarksburg received between 4 and 6 inches of snow. The snow was nice, heavy snow, perfect for snowmen and snowball fights, the meteorologist said.
Temperatures crept above freezing Sunday afternoon and were expected to rise through the day into the low 40s. Rain was forecast for today but Mazza said cold temperatures would turn the rain into a sleety-snowy mix this evening.