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Winter Weather Causes Slick Roads; Some Businesses Feeling Impact

Reported: Jan. 3, 2014 10:59 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 12:46 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Friday morning's weather caused every county in the state to cancel school for the day and caused slick conditions on West Virginia roadways.

State and city road crews spent much of the night getting salt trucks ready to treat the roadways, and snow and temperatures fell across the state.

About 2 to 3 inches of snow covered the streets and left people with some shoveling to do when they woke up.

"This is dry powdered snow," said Bob Stewart of Kanawha Valley Advertising. "It's a lot easier to deal with; the wet snow is a little more trying for you."

Stewart said this weather is making things tough on his business. It works on billboards across the valley and these icy, snowy conditions mean some jobs have to wait.

"It almost makes it impossible," he said. "We go out and do what we can, but we can't climb real high because there is ice all over the steel just like you see on the roads."

Falling temperatures also were a concern. Friday morning's temperature reached 9 degrees, which is the coldest so far this season.

Charleston resident William Erby said when he was young he liked weather like this, but "when you're old and you've got to work in it, it's not too good."

Forecasters said Monday's temperatures could dip below zero.

"It's going to be hard on a lot of people," Erby said. "Their utility bills, heating bills will probably soar next week."

The conditions are proof that winter is here whether we like it or not.

Emergency officials around the area said there weren't any major accidents because of the winter storm. Some cars slid off the roadways due to snow and ice, but there weren't any major injuries.

As these temperatures continue to stay below zero, emergency officials said, residents should be on the lookout for ice and be careful on the roadways.



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