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I-77 Northbound, Southbound Lanes Reopen In Edens Fork, Tuppers Creek Areas

Reported: Feb. 13, 2014 7:15 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 10:37 AM EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Interstate 77 northbound and southbound lanes in the Tuppers Creek and Edens Fork areas have reopened, Metro 911 said.

The lanes were closed earlier Thursday morning after the snow-covered, icy interstate posed numerous problems for motorists.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Snow and ice continued to create headaches on Interstate 77 near Charleston on Thursday.

Metro 911 said Interstate 77 northbound one mile south of Edens Fork to Tuppers Creek was shut down. Interstate 77 southbound at a mile south of the Tuppers Creek exit also was shut down.

Earlier this morning, Greenbrier Street southbound between Oakridge and Airport roads had been shut down due to slick conditions, but that stretch of road has reopened.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office had warned people to stay off the roads.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Greenbrier Street southbound between Oakridge and Airport roads is being shut down due to conditions that a Metro 911 dispatcher said had left the road "like a skating rink."

Meanwhile, Interstate 77 northbound and southbound lanes have been shut down between Edens Fork and Haines Branch due to the extreme weather, Metro 911 said.

Also, an emergency dispatcher said the southbound lanes of Interstate 79 between Big Chimney and Elkview are currently blocked after a pickup hauling a tractor-trailer went sideways on the highway.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Metro 911 said Thursday morning that Interstate 77 northbound and southbound lanes have been shut down between Edens Fork and Haines Branch due to the extreme weather.

Numerous accidents have been reported throughout Kanawha County, and deputies are warning motorists to stay off the roads.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Kanawha County deputies were reporting that Interstate 77 north of Charleston, including the Edens Fork, Tuppers Creek and Sissonville areas, are nearly impassable due to the extreme weather conditions.

Deputies were warning motorists to stay off all roadways in the county after numerous accidents were reported throughout the area.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons, Katelyn Sykes, Jeff Morris) - Kanawha County deputies are warning motorists to stay off the roads as numerous accidents have been reported as drivers try to negotiate slippery, snow-covered roads.

"Road conditions in and around Kanawha County are treacherous, so we urge anyone who does not have an urgent need to travel to please stay where you are," Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said. "The snow is falling so great that the Department of Highways is unable to keep even the interstates clear. Secondary roads are extremely dangerous as very few have been treated. Accidents are occurring faster than we can investigate them."

Metro 911 said numerous accidents were being reported Thursday during the morning commute. More than a dozen had been reported since 5:30 a.m.

A tractor-trailer and a single vehicle wrecked along Interstate 77 southbound in Charleston about 7 a.m. No injuries were reported in that accident, but the roadway was closed for a while as crews cleared the scene.

Meanwhile, dispatchers said emergency crews were also responding to reports of accidents in the Campbells Creek, Charleston and Sissonville areas of Kanawha County.

Motorists were being advised to use extreme caution if they had to travel Thursday morning. Snowfall across the area was expected to continue throughout the morning.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons) - Charleston police were responding to a report of an accident involving a tractor-trailer Thursday in Charleston.

The accident was reported about 7 a.m. along Interstate 77 southbound near the Leon Sullivan Exit in Charleston, according to a 911 dispatcher. The dispatcher said no injuries were reported in the accident involving a tractor-trailer and car. There were no reports of lane closures while crews worked to clear the scene of that accident.

Motorists were being advised to use extreme caution while traveling Thursday. Snow was expected to continue to fall around the region through the morning, with conditions improving by mid to late afternoon.

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