The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 7, 2013

Latest snow storm leaves region mostly unscathed

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

— While parts of West Virginia were hammered Wednesday by the latest winter storm, this region came off relatively unscathed.

While the National Weather Service said 17 to 24 inches of snow were dumped in some areas in the eastern region, the highest total reported in southern West Virginia was 6 inches in Ronceverte and Richwood.

Although the snow was heavy and wet, the region was spared widespread power outages, for the most part.

However, the NWS said a chance for a bit more snow is possible today.

Greenbrier County remained under a winter storm watch through 6 a.m. today. An additional 2 to 6 inches is predicted, as well as wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

In Lewisburg, snow depth was reported at 3.3 inches.

Summers County also could see an additional 2 to 5 inches of snow and winds as high as 50 miles per hour through early this morning.

The rest of the region — including Raleigh, Nicholas and Fayette counties —  could still receive some snow this morning; however, higher temperatures this afternoon will likely change the precipitation to rain.

Additional snow depth data from the NWS said Beckley received 1 inch; Flat Top, 5 inches; Hinton, 1.5 inches and Summersville, 1 inch.

Wednesday’s snowfall knocked out power to more than 2,000 customers in Greenbrier County, but by the afternoon Appalachian Power Co. reported all power restored, according to the company’s website.

Mon Power’s website noted as many as 500 customers were without electricity as of 6 p.m. in southern Greenbrier County. Further north, the number was greater.

Those in Greenbrier who are still without electricity or heat may go to a warming station at Rhema Christian Center, 3584 Davis Stuart Road, Lewisburg.

By Friday, residents should start seeing some sun as mild temperatures in the 50s move into the region for the weekend.

The Pendleton County community of Franklin received 24 inches of snow. Other snowfall totals in eastern parts of the state included 17 inches in Romney, 14 inches in Circleville and Slanesville, and 11 inches in Berkeley Springs.

In the eastern part of the state, the storm forced courts in Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties to close, while Shepherd University canceled classes. The Jefferson County sheriff’s department asked motorists to stay off snow-clogged roads.

In the state’s central mountains, Shelly Groves has seen a constant coat of white on the ground ever since Superstorm Sandy dumped more than 2 feet in late October in the Nicholas County community of Craigsville.

“Nothing but snow,” Groves said Wednesday.

The Hardware: That’s Us store where she’s a cashier sold out of 384 bags of salt Wednesday and had steady sales of gas cans and propane. Although Craigsville was spared the full brunt of the storm, 6 inches still fell by midday — and everyone around is tired of it.

She may have to wait a bit longer. Old Man Winter has been known to hang around a lot longer than the traditional start of spring in these parts. In fact, Snowshoe Mountain resort, 77 miles to the east, announced Tuesday it was keeping its ski slopes open through March 31.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.