Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Braxton County Schools



Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Barbour County Schools

All Closed


Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College


Gilmer County Board of Education


Gilmer County Courthouse


Gilmer County Health Department


Gilmer County Senior Center


Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic



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03.21.2018 @  09:00 AM

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03.21.2018 @  05:30 AM

Spring Has Sprung! But Another Powerful Winter Storm for West Virginia

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Spring is arriving with a taste of winter in West Virginia.

Snowfall in the state’s northern mountains and eastern panhandle prompted schools in that region to close on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reports more is on the way, a lot more.

“In the Eastern Panhandle in particular they’ll have pretty substantial snowfall accumulation through tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Meteorologist Maura Casey at the Charleston Weather Bureau. “Highest snowfall totals could be up around a foot in the north central mountains and areas toward the east.”

The snowfall is part of a much larger system which is expected to dump a bigger load of snow on New England later in the week. A winter storm warning remains in effect for counties along the Virginia border and to the east of the West Virginia mountains stretching from Mercer County and the Beckley area all the way into the eastern panhandle. Western counties of West Virginia are under a winter weather advisory.

Casey said those regions are currently receiving rain–which will change over during Tuesday night into Wednesday.

“Wheeling, Morgantown, Elkins and that area will switch over to snow around 11 p.m. to midnight,” she explained. “By 5 to 7 a.m. the Metro area around Charleston and the coalfields will switch over to snow.”

The level of accumulation in the western counties of the state is a bit of a moving target for the weather service. Casey said it still depends on how rapidly the temperatures drop and that’s hard to tell this early in the process.

Rain, snow, ice all in the forecast

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The sunny weather with temperatures in the 60’s that much of the state enjoyed Monday isn’t expected to stick around long. A weather system with rain, wintry mix and snow is expected to arrive in the state Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening for Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, Hampshire and Hardy counties. A total snow accumulation of five inches or more is possible, meteorologists said.

A handful of other counties, including Pocahontas and Randolph, are under a Winter Weather Advisory, with the possibility of snow and ice.

Other parts of the state are expected to experience cooler conditions Tuesday with rain. Snow is possible for Wednesday.

Areas of Appalachia see up to 15 inches of snow

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Snow has blanketed areas of West Virginia and Kentucky, causing slick roads, school closures and power outages.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Edwards early morning snow showers on Monday dropped as much as 15 inches in a narrow band stretching from central Kentucky through southern West Virginia. Edwards said outside that band, other areas of southern West Virginia saw 1-4 inches of snow.

He says most snow showers should taper off by afternoon and temperatures are expected to rise above freezing in most of West Virginia. He says the snow likely won’t stick around for long because “the March sun will melt things off pretty quick.”

Meanwhile, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Moulton says higher elevations of eastern Tennessee are expected to get 1-3 inches of snow.

NWS: WV had less rain than anticipated; Ohio River flooding a concern

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The western part of the state is experiencing some flooding along the Ohio River, but the National Weather Service says West Virginia didn’t get as much as anticipated.

“We kind of dodged a pretty big bullet with this one,” NWS Meteorologist Tom Mazza told MetroNews Sunday.

Areas of northern and central West Virginia received about 3/4 of an inch to one inch of rain. There was about 1 1/4 inch of rainfall from Huntington to Elkins from Saturday to Sunday without much flooding.

The area that received portions of flooding was in Mason County.

A River Flooding Warning remained in effect Sunday through Wednesday night along the Ohio River in Point Pleasant.

“It’s going to take a while to crest,” Mazza said.

He said smaller streams will begin cresting and falling Sunday afternoon. Bigger rivers will continue to rise for some time after the rainfall.

“The (Ohio) is expected to rise above flood stage at that location and will crest Monday night up near 43 feet,” Mazza said.

The river was river was close to 40 feet Sunday morning.

Mazza said the state will get a short break for the start of the week, but more rain is on the way.

“A cold front is going to be followed by dryer air that will be with us later this afternoon through Tuesday then we are looking at the next system impacting the area Wednesday through Thursday,” he said.

West Virginia braces for potential flooding, other damage from predicted heavy weekend rains

Governor Justice urges citizens to use common sense, pay attention to local emergency officials
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With his February 17 State of Emergency declaration still in effect for all 55 counties, Governor Jim Justice is urging his fellow West Virginians to monitor local weather conditions closely this weekend and stay prepared.

The National Weather Service has forecasted multiple rounds of heavy rains through Sunday. With the Ohio River already at higher-than-normal levels, this additional rainfall poses an extreme risk of flooding to all counties along the Ohio. The rest of West Virginia remains at some risk of flooding as well because of saturated ground conditions.

“I know West Virginia can weather this coming storm, if we all remember to use our God-given common sense,” said Governor Justice.  “I encourage everyone to pay attention to their local emergency officials. And please, do not endanger yourselves, your loved ones or our first responders by trying to drive through flood waters!”

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center at the West Virginia Capitol by 8 p.m. Saturday. DHSEM is already coordinating with county and local emergency managers, and is prepared to field and respond to requests for resources and other assistance. The West Virginia National Guard is pre-positioning resources and personnel, including from its Swift Water Rescue team, and other agencies such as the Division of Highways are doing the same.

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