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State road crews try to keep up with snowfall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State highways officials say road crews are out this morning clearing roads, but warned that they are having a hard time keeping up with heavy snow.

“People need to be realistic and know that as snow continues to fall there will be snow-covered roads,” said Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly.

Even though snow plows are out and working, Bly said plowed roads may be covered again within 10 or 20 minutes. Most secondary roads remained covered this morning, and Interstate 79 was almost completely covered in snow between Clendenin and Elkview at about 7 a.m.

However, Bly said there were few accidents, possibly because fewer people were out and about.

“I was very pleased to see people staying off the roads today,” Bly said. “I think ‘ice’ was the three-letter words that scared people.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told state employees not to come in to work today because of the weather, or not to report until 10:30 a.m. Kanawha County school officials said the central office would be closed today, and only essential school personnel were to report to work.

Schools were closed in all 55 counties today. West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston also cancelled classes.

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