CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Snowy weather conditions Monday morning created treacherous travel conditions and forced area school systems to close.
A Kanawha County dispatcher counted 23 accidents on wet, slick roads throughout the valley during the Tuesday morning commute.
He was not aware of anyone being transported to a hospital or of any roads being closed.
He said the bulk of the wrecks occurred during early commute hours from just before 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
School was called off in all 55 West Virginia counties because of the winter weather Tuesday. Between snow, cold weather and the water ban resulting from a chemical spill in the Elk River on Jan. 9, area schools have seen few instructional days in 2014. Since the new year, Kanawha County has only had classes on Jan. 9, the day of the chemical spill.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Jackson, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, McDowell and Wyoming counties until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Temperatures in Charleston tonight will drop to a low of six degrees, with wind chill values as low as -3 degrees possible.
The frigid conditions are expected to linger most of the week. But forecasters say it won't be as bad as the cold snap earlier this month, when the polar vortex sent temperatures plunging to below zero in some parts of the state.
Appalachian Power says it's preparing for heavy electricity demand as customers turn up their thermostats.
Staff writer Charlotte Ferrell-Smith and The Associated Press contributed to this report.