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March 14, 2017 Snowstorm

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The people of southern West Virginia were blind sided by the snow on the ground when they left their homes this morning. All thanks to the West Virginia Department Of Transportation and Division Of Highways for keeping the main roads treated with salt and traction material ahead of time helped travelers to not worry about icy surfaces as much. The light accumulations in the Beckley area made the roads easy to treat and didn’t even need plowing. But in Greenbrier County, it was a different story.

Greenbrier County received some of the highest totals from last night, up to 4 inches in some spots. As temperatures quickly dropped into the 20s, steadier snow showers developed in the early afternoon. Snow quickly began to blanket roadways completely. One business in the town of Rainelle, WV felt the effects of today’s change in the weather. Flint’s Hardware, an ACE hardware store, had to move over the lawn mowers and replace them with snow shovels and salt melt. The business owners told me that business has definitely been slow today as expected, and that they were caught off guard by the storm as well. Store owners: Debbie Osborne and David Smith both felt effects from today’s snow. Debbie said, “It has been a little bit slower than usual, but that’s to be expected. You don’t want people out on the bad roads.” Snow shovel sales have picked up in the wake of today’s storm. David said, “We have some rock salt, ice melt, and snow shovels. It has picked up business for those items.”

The New River Gorge looks even more beautiful in March with a light blanket of snow draped over the cliffs. CSX freight trains have been moving through mountain towns with no problem. This all makes for one of the niceties of snowfall in the mountains of West Virginia.

 

-Frank Notarbartolo

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