UPDATES: As ice and snow pile up, WV roads get slick and dangerous
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Schools were closed and a layer of ice and snow covered area roads this morning.
Kanawha County Emergency Management reported shortly after 6 a.m. that roads are extremely slick. Residents were advised to stay off of them.
"While road crews are currently working to clear the roads, conditions continue to be extremely dangerous. Many road crews are also reporting that plowing is not keeping up with the snowfall. The heavy snowfall continues to coat the roads and a majority of the secondary roads will have slick conditions throughout the day. We continue to urge the public to stay off the roads if at all possible."
About 135 Appalachian Power customers were without power in Kanawha County shortly after 6 a.m. today. A few more than 300 customers lost power in Mingo County. That's fewer than authorities had thought might lose power.
Schools in Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Lincoln, Clay, Boone, Logan, Cabell and many other counties shut down because of the weather.
A winter storm warning was in effect through 4 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service in Charleston was predicting "enhanced snow" through midmorning before the system moves off to the east. A significant chill would remain through mid-week, the weather service predicted.