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Snow Expected To Taper Off This Afternoon; Zero Temperature Forecast For Tonight

Reported: Mar. 3, 2014 11:01 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 4, 2014 8:49 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, AP) -- Snow that created havoc on area roads and forced closures of schools and government offices is expected to taper off Monday afternoon, but caution is still being urged on roadways as temperatures are expected to fall.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said a winter storm warning is still in effect, but the snow is expected to slide off to the southeast. Stover said motorists should still be aware that roads are still extremely dangerous and caution should be urged if travel is absolutely necessary.

The storm dumped 3 to 5 inches of snow in the Athens, Ohio, area, 5 to 8 inches from Huntington to Charleston and headed up to Jackson County and more than 8 inches in Beckley. Some areas between Beckley and Lewisburg and in Greenbrier County received more than a foot of snow.

The storm knocked out electricity to about 1,000 customers in West Virginia and closed schools and government offices.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin closed state agencies Monday morning. County government offices are closed in Kanawha and Jefferson counties.

About a dozen flights at airports in Charleston and Beckley have been cancelled.

Utilities reported about 1,000 outages as of 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Winter storm warnings remain in effect through Monday evening for most of the state

While the snow is wrapping up, cold temperatures have not released their grip. Stover said the highs during the day on Monday should be in the 20s, but the low temperature Monday night could dip down to zero. Outlying areas might see temperatures below zero.

The good news is dry weather is in the forecast for a couple of days. Tuesday's high is forecast to hit 38, while the high on Wednesday is predicted to be 48. Highs of 50 are forecast on Thursday and 54 on Friday.

For the latest Eyewitness News Storm Team forecast, click here.

The AP contributed to this report.



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