EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSnowfall Causes Problems On Area Roads
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Doug Harlow
Reported: Nov. 27, 2013 8:03 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 5:50 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston saw some problems on the roads early Wednesday morning, due to the constant snowfall through the overnight and into the early afternoon
Crews were out overnight treating the roads with salt.
Most of the roadways in the area were wet by the morning, with some icy and snow spots.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said the weather played a factor in some crashes in Charleston this morning, one even sending one woman to the hospital.
The weather also caused a flight from Charlotte to be diverted to Charleston, instead of Huntington, leaving some passengers frustrated.
“I’m really tired,” traveler Don Perdue said. “I've gotten past anger now. It's gotten to the point where i may become I might start laughing hysterically, because there's not much else you can do at this point."
Airport officials said, besides that, there were no delays at their airport because of the weather.
Not as much snow fell as predicted in the West Virginia mountains, either, but enough came down to create dangerous road conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Thousands of cars rolled through Turnpike toll booths and down West Virginia roads on this key travel day.
Snowplow crews kept major roads clean, even in mountain areas, where snowfall fell well short of travelers' fears, but enough to make for dangerous conditions
A car plowed into a state snow plow in Oak Hill. Not far away, on U.S. Route 19, a tractor trailer carrying a load of logs was stuck in median snow after an unplanned off road excursion. Some rural roads remained snow covered in the higher elevations, but hundreds of deer hunters were not complaining.
A slushy mix covered passing lanes on Interstate 79 in Clay, Roane and Braxton counties, but few accidents happened
Water blocked some roads and bumped against homes.
There will still be slick areas overnight, but snow threats disappeared from forecasts cold turkey.
A good chunk of the Eyewitness News viewing area may have dodged the bullet overnight, escaping a heavy dose of winter weather, but that doesn’t mean things are completely out of the woods yet.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday for Cabell County and until 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Kanawha Valley. Snow appeared to be tapering off, but Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said snow squalls are possible in the afternoon through this evening. This could produce another 1 inch of accumulation in Charleston and 2 to 4 inches of accumulation near and east of Route 19.
Meanwhile, a storm weather warning was in effect for the mountains of West Virginia.
Motorists should be careful on roadways because there still could be slick patches. Metro 911 reported it had received several reports of vehicles accident on Interstate 77 North at the Interstate 64 split, Interstate 79 North at the Clendenin exit, and Interstate 77 North at the Edens Fork exit. One person was transported in the wreck that occurred near Edens Fork, and one lane was closed.
Temperatures will continue to be chilly Wednesday with a high of 31 to 32 degrees with wind chills in the 20s in most of West Virginia. In the mountains, highs will reach only the 20s with wind chills down in the teens.
The good news is drying conditions are predicted for the next several days with a high of 34 on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, 42 on Friday, 52 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday.
* Photo shot in Calhoun County Courtesy of Teri Liles
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