By Kyle Lovern
The National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia issued a winter weather advisory for the southern counties of the Mountain State.
A cold rain was falling on Tuesday, but it was expected to change over to snow during the nighttime hours. The forecast called for snow during the morning giving away to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. The temperatures are expected to be in the 30 degree range, with winds from the Northwest at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of snow was 90 percent with an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of the white stuff expected.
The winter weather advisory remained in effect from 11 p.m. last night to 7 p.m. today. Those traveling home for Thanksgiving today could see slick conditions in many spots.
A spokesperson for the W.Va. Department of Highways office at Millers Creek said that Mingo County had an ample supply of salt. They had the trucks serviced and the plows ready to go.
In fact, they actually treated the King Coal Highway and some of the higher elevation on Monday night. The crews work two 12-hour shifts and the night crew was scheduled to come out at 8 p.m.
Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett called a Weather Emergency Responders meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning in preparation for the first winter storm of the season.
The purpose of the meeting was to bring together principal departments in County government and also outside agencies and entities in anticipation of the possible winter storm emergency.
Hazardous driving was expected for southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Law enforcement agencies advised motorists to take extra precaution while driving today and tonight. They also recommended that those who did not have to be on the highways to stay at home.
Since it is a holiday week most schools were already scheduled to be off the rest of the week.
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