The heavy snow has caused property damage as well. Bill's Sports Shop in Diana collapsed under the weight of the snow, and the porches of a few homes in Cowen fell, Rose said.
Officials also received reports of trees falling through homes, but Rose could not say how many as communications have been spotty since Monday.
"Everybody did really well the first few days, but day four is getting really trying," Rose said. "Everyone's nervous about running out of gas and food, but we're getting more and more resources every day."
Residents in Fayette County still were recovering from the June windstorm that destroyed more than 30 homes when snow began to fall by the foot.
At the Emergency Operations Center in Fayetteville, dispatchers and officials worked under generator power as the town still was without electric service.
Theresa White, director of the Office of Emergency Services, said at the peak of the outage more than 80 percent of county residents were without power, but that number fell to just under 34 percent Thursday as Appalachian Power crews worked through the night.
"We've really improved a lot," she said. "Our roads are no longer totally impassable."
White said 18 of the county's main arteries were closed by snow and debris but have been reopened, shifting the focus to secondary roads.
Chain saw teams from Forestry and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office were cutting trees while the National Guard moved them from the road so highway workers could clear snow.
Fayetteville had about a foot of "really tight, really wet, compacted" snow Thursday.
Accumulations in Lookout were about 2.5 feet and in Danese, 3.5 feet, she said. When asked what residents of those communities were doing, she replied, "Shoveling. Lots of shoveling."
Officials are worried about people in homes damaged in the June windstorm. She said Fayette County had more than 800 FEMA applicants with damage.
"We had over 30 destroyed homes," White said. "I don't even know how many of them had walls collapse off the side of their homes. They've done a little bit of work but could only do so much or as far as their money went, Band-Aid patches or tarps on their roofs.
"And now this."
She said the application period still was open for the summer windstorm. She wasn't sure how officials would deal with damage from this storm - what would be considered initial damage and secondary damage.
Another growing concern is flooding. She said officials worry about the snow melting and flowing into creeks and streams, causing them to rise. Add to that the rain forecast for the weekend.
She kept a sense of optimism, however.
"It's getting better, a lot better," she said. "As power comes back on, it's going to be better for everyone, and we can get back to some sense of normalcy."
Many of the 4,500 people in Braxton County still were stranded in their homes as the roads were being cleared, said Fred Thompson, Braxton's emergency operations director.
He said there was between 18 inches and 2 feet of snow on the ground at peak. On Thursday, it had started to pack down and melt.
James Putnam, a worker at the Division of Highways office in Braxton County, said crews cleared most of the main roads and were working on the secondary roads. On some roads only one lane is open.
Crews have been working around the clock with graders and other heavy equipment.
"It's looking a lot better now," Putnam said.
Guardsmen were driving Humvees through areas that were hard to access to deliver food and supplies to stranded residents.
Guard members also were checking on residents, and a shelter remained open at the National Guard armory in Gassaway.
"It's been rough, but we're getting through," Thompson said.
Eleven businesses and homes have collapsed under the weight of the heavy, wet snow that fell on Nicholas County in the storm.
There were 2 to 3 feet on the ground Wednesday in Summersville, but that had dropped to about 18 inches on Thursday.
"This storm just kind of sat over us and spun," said Diane Martin, a 911 dispatcher assisting in the Emergency Operations Center. "We knew it was coming, but we were as ready as we could be."
She said 10,112 customers, or about 82 percent of the county's residents, remained without power Thursday. Two shelters remained open in Summersville and one in Richwood, where snow accumulations were about 2 feet.
Martin said crews were working Thursday to get secondary roads open. Primary roads, such as U.S. 19, were open but there wasn't much traffic.
"Basically people are just staying in their houses trying to stay warm," she said.
She said guardsmen have been transporting food and taking residents to shelters. More guard members arrived Thursday, she said.
The phones were ringing non-stop at the Emergency Operations Center, Martin said, as residents began to get telephone service back. She said cellphone service still was spotty.
"I haven't had time to stop and think," Martin said. "We've had the phones up to our ears most of the day. We're trying to help people the best we can, and the National Guard has just been awesome.
"Everyone has been working together as a team."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.