West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency as residents prepare for the worst from Hurricane Sandy.
Tomblin on Monday opened a special communications center at the state Capitol in Charleston.
Monday's declaration came as Tomblin coordinated resources with National Guard Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer and Jimmy Gianato, the state's homeland security director.
Tomblin says officials are looking at a "three-punch storm." With rain and snow already falling, the threat of flooding is expected to increase in both panhandles. Two or more feet of snow is expected in mountainous counties such as Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker. And high winds will bring the possibility of power outages.
Tomblin advised residents to be ready for outages and to stay off roads once high winds hit.
The Boone County Commission issued a storm warning with recorded telephone calls urging residents to be prepared for the storm by having plenty of food, water and other needed supplies. They advised residents to stay off of the roadways and to remain indoors, if possible.
Tonight, Boone County is expected to see windy conditions with periods of snow; rain mixed in early; freezing temperatures in the normally colder spots, according to Accuweather.com.
Tomorrow, Accuweather.com predicts very windy conditions with wind gusts up to 43 miles per hour and cold with drenching rain.
Boone County Schools officials said they are monitoring weather reports and conditions, but have not made a decision as of this time regarding possible school closings or delays tomorrow (Tuesday). To keep updated on school closing visit the Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/county/all