A fast-moving snow storm dumped a foot or more of snow on the region late Wednesday and through the early morning hours today. Bluefield reported more than 14 inches of snow while Wytheville, Va., also had 14 inches. A Giles County emergency dispatcher in Pearisburg, Va., said the National Weather Service is reporting that Mountain Lake reported 18 inches of snow.
“We are encouraging everyone to stay off the roads and let the Department of Highways crews work to get the roads open,” Sgt. Jose Centeno of the Princeton Detachment, West Virginia State Police said. “The interstate is open, but most of the other roads are snow-covered.”
Most of the region saw more than a foot of snow.
“We’ve been hearing about snowfall totals of about 14 inches throughout the district,” Tom Camden, District 10 administrator of the West Virginia Department of Highways said. “The main roads are passable, but the secondary roads may take a little more time. I would say in another day or two, we might be OK. For right now, I think the best would be for people not to travel the roads unless it is absolutely necessary. It would really help if we can get that message out.”