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Springtime snow falls in parts of W.Va.

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- According to reports received by the National Weather Service, two counties in southeastern West Virginia experienced light snowfall early Monday morning.

Liz Sommerville, a meteorologist with the weather service, said snow flurries fell in areas of higher elevation in Nicolas and Pocahontas counties beginning at 8 a.m.

Sommerville said the precipitation lasted 10 to 15 minutes and did not result in any accumulation.

Dave Derkena, director of marketing at Snowshoe Mountain Ski resort in Pocahontas County, said he noticed the snowfall as he was walking in between buildings shortly after arriving to work.

"We'd really appreciate that in November, but it's a bit surprising to look up and see that in May," he said.

The resort, located at an elevation of 4,848 feet above sea level, is home to Cheat Mountain -- the state's second-highest peak. Although snowfall is rare this late in the year, it is not unheard of it. Sommerville said the last time snow fell on the resort in the spring months was May 21, 2002. 


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