DANVILLE — A snow storm dumped as much as 10 inches or more in many areas of Boone County on Thursday.
Heavy amounts of snow fall were reported in Danville, Madison, Julian and many other parts of Boone County and southern West Virginia.
Boone County schools were closed down, as well as some local businesses.
Roads were slick and dozen of weather related accidents were reported across the southern West Virginia region.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement asking the state’s residents to stay home and off the roads because of the winter storm and dangerous road conditions..
Tomblin said residents shouldn’t travel unless it’s an emergency or they absolutely have to travel.
Only state employees who provide essential services were required to report to work Thursday, according to Tomblin.
The National Weather Service reported the largest snowfall amounts in the state in southeastern West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle. Snowfall totals include 18 inches in Mount Storm, 14 inches in Capon Bridge, 15 inches in Jefferson County, 16 inches in Athens and more than 14 inches in Ronceverte.
Winter storm warnings remain in effect across the state through Thursday afternoon.
ABC News reported that the northeast portion of the U.S. is getting slammed by snow, rain and sleet due to a devastating storm system making its way up the East Coast.
More than six inches of snow was reported around Washington, D.C., overnight, and snowfall totals in western Virginia topped 10 inches. In New York City, snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour early this morning, ABC reported.
Winter storm watches, warnings or advisories remain in effect for 19 states, from Alabama to Maine.
The National Weather Service’s winter storm warning for the Madison, W.Va., area states:
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…
* LOCATIONS…SOUTHERN COAL FIELDS AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS OF WEST VIRGINIA AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.
* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW
* TOTAL STORM SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…8 TO 16 INCHES.
* TIMING…SNOW WILL BE DECREASING DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY AS UNTREATED ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND TREACHEROUS. TRAVEL CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD… AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
PLEASE REPORT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE…800-401-9535…WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. THIS PHONE NUMBER IS TO BE USED FOR REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY.
YOU CAN ALSO REPORT WINTER WEATHER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE… OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG…NWSRL
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