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WV Under Winter Weather Warnings, Advisories

Reported: Jan. 21, 2014 5:53 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 1:11 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons, AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for much of West Virginia.

Snow accumulations of 2 inches to 6 inches are forecast for various areas of the state Tuesday. Some areas in eastern West Virginia could see up to a foot of snow by late Tuesday night. Officials are warning motorists that roads are likely to be hazardous.

Schools in all 55 counties are closed Tuesday.

Eyewitness News Storm Team Meteorologist Doug Harlow said the storm was expected to drop snow quickly beginning between 5 and 6 a.m. Harlow also said the snow would ramp up fast about the time of sunrise and accumulate fast. Much of the Eyewitness News viewing area was expected to see snow for most of the day Tuesday, especially areas in central and eastern West Virginia.

Most of the Eyewitness News viewing area is expected to see between 3 and 6 inches of snow before things taper down for good late afternoon and evening. Areas along U.S. 19 and northeast West Virginia will likely see a half foot of snow or more, Harlow said. He also added that as temperatures fall throughout the day, it will make for dangerous road conditions.

The frigid conditions are expected to linger most of the week, but forecasters say it won't be as bad as the cold snap earlier this month, when the polar vortex sent temperatures plunging to below zero in some parts of the state.

Appalachian Power says it's preparing for heavy electricity demand as customers turn up their thermostats.

AP contributed to this report.

--This Eyewitness Storm Team map shows areas that have warnings in pink and advisories in purple.



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