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Kanawha County schools now closed

By From staff reports

Kanawha County schools have closed today because of snow that fell overnight.

The school system initially called for a two-hour delay.

Boone, Clay, Lincoln, Lincoln and Fayette county schools, among others, also were listed as closed.

Putnam and Cabell were listed as delayed. 

Area private schools were affected too. Bible Center, Cross Lanes Christian and Elk Valley Christian all were listed as having two-hour delayed.

For a more complete list, check out: http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/county/all/

Evening snow showers caused more than a few roadblocks for motorists in the Kanawha Valley, where several weather-related crashes occurred after snowflakes began to fall.

Twelve vehicle crashes were reported from about 6 p.m. Wednesday, when the snow started to accumulate, until 8:30 p.m., when the flakes started to taper off for a short period. 

A crash involving a tractor-trailer and a small passenger car stopped traffic on the Fort Hill Bridge Wednesday evening.

It happened about 7:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes between the Oakwood Road on-ramp and Virginia Street off-ramp. The two vehicles collided, causing heavy damage to the small car but little to no damage to the semi, dispatchers said.

No injuries were reported.

Police and fire crews struggled to get to the scene, since ice had already begun to form on the ramps. Emergency crews closed down two lanes, including the Oakwood on-ramp, for about an hour and a half to clear the scene of debris left behind.

Fender-benders were reported in Marmet, Dunbar, St. Albans and Charleston.

On Grace Avenue, on Charleston's West Side hill, a woman called 911 at 8:54 p.m. after losing control of her car and striking several parked vehicles. She wasn't injured, but there was damage to both her vehicle and those she struck.

 Metro 911 reminded residents Wednesday night that the roads were slick and to use caution, since there was a possibility that the roads were covered with ice.

No precipitation is expected today and highs are to be in the high 20s.


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