Southern West Virginia was hit hard Sunday night and Monday morning with a nasty winter storm.
Heavy snowfalls in West Virginia’s southern coalfield counties covered ice covered roadways making driving nearly impossible.
911 said road crews began clearing the roadways Sunday night, but road conditions remained extremely dangerous.
Many road crews reported that plowing was not keeping up with the snowfall.
Snowfall was quickly coating the roads and a majority of the secondary roads had slick conditions throughout Monday, dispatchers said.
Motorists were advised to stay off of the roadways if at all possible.
Mingo County declared a Level 3 emergency, which means all roads are closed to non-emergency personnel. Motorists caught driving on the roads in Mingo County could be arrested, officials reported.
Schools, businesses and government offices were closed in many southern West Virginia counties on Monday.
Fortunately, the snowfall did not bring large numbers of power outages. Appalachian Power Company reported on its website that as of 7:15 a.m., 559 customers in West Virginia were without power — 118 customers in Cabell County, 135 customers in Kanawha County and 306 in Mingo County.
Monday night’s forecast called for a low of 3 degrees. The Tuesday forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 37 and a low of 21.
On Wednesday, temperatures were expected to warm up with a high of 50 degrees.