HERE we go again.
Four months after the derecho roared through West Virginia, snapping trees and power poles and knocking out power to more than half of the state, we're again getting socked by severe weather.
This time it's a rare combination of weather systems, a massive hurricane coming in from the east and a cold front descending from the north.
In West Virginia, the result is high winds, heavy rain and thick snow in the higher elevations. Forecasters are warning of flooding and the possibility of more than two feet of snow in some areas.
This time, however, West Virginia has had some time to prepare, unlike the derecho which tore through our state with little warning.
The power companies, offices of emergency services, highway crews, first responders and the rest of us have had several days to make ready.
Still, there's no way to be fully prepared for a storm of this magnitude.
Appalachian Power Co. can't predict how long it will take to restore electricity to all of its customers, while FirstEnergy says it may take a week to 10 days to get everyone back on the grid.
Appalachian Power says because of the advance warning, it had time to bring in about 400 additional workers to help restore power, but finding additional crews will be difficult since most of the extra manpower is being funneled to the population centers of the northeast.