More than 400 contractors from as far away as Oklahoma and Texas were brought in to help Appalachian Power assess damage to power equipment and restore electricity, said Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye.
"It is a bit of a surprise to see the snow go into the lower elevations,'' Moye said. "We were expecting it in higher elevations. To go into those lower elevations is causing additional problems.
"It's clear we're going to need more help.''
Echoing emergency officials around West Virginia, state spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater urged people to stay off the roads.
"It's hazardous out there. It's definitely not over. Stay in if you can, don't venture out. We need the roads open for first responders to get out there and do the work they need to do," Fitzwater said.
Fitzwater said residents who have not yet prepared an emergency kit still have time.
"The most important things are flashlights, batteries, candles, non-perishable food and water," she said, "and blankets, because unlike the derecho, this time it's cold."
Traffic on Interstate 79 north of Charleston was reduced to a maximum speed of about 40 mph in several areas, as vast stretches of interstate remained covered with snow or a layer of clinging slush early Tuesday morning.
Travel on Interstate 77 North was treacherous as well, with several accidents occurring both northbound and southbound between the Edens Fork and Tuppers Creek exits early Tuesday. A tractor-trailer jackknifed near the Tuppers Creek exit about 8 a.m. and slid off the roadway.
Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre said the Metro 911 Center received 1,661 calls since it began to snow at about 1 a.m. Calls included 31 accidents with injuries, 60 accidents without injuries, 58 reports of power lines down and 45 trees down.
Kanawha officials said the Emergency Operations Center is open and able to take non-emergency calls, including providing information about power outages and shelters. Call 304-756-8748 or 304-746-8743. Officials urged residents to call 911 only in the event of an actual emergency.
County officials again reminded drivers that a non-working traffic light is to be treated as a four-way stop sign.
Several people were stuck on side roads in Kanawha County, Sayre said Tuesday morning.
West Virginia State University canceled classes, and Marshall University closed its campuses in South Charleston, Teays Valley and Beckley, although the main Huntington campus was still open.
The University of Charleston will be closed until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Kanawha County Public Library closed all of its branches on Tuesday. The Ashton Place Kroger off Corridor G is also closed.
In Putnam County, W.Va. 34 between Winfield and Teays Valley was closed for several hours before reopening Tuesday afternoon.
Hundreds of calls have come into the 911 center this morning about power lines down and numerous car wrecks have been reported, according to dispatchers.
In Nicholas County, emergency services officials had received reports of at least three residential roof collapses attributed to the wet snow, which reached accumulations of more than two feet in the Richwood and Nettie areas.
"Right now, 84 percent of Nicholas County is without power and the roads are very slick and hazardous," said Carla Hennessey, director of emergency services. "A lot of roads are closed due to fallen trees blocking the roadways. You can't get very far in Nicholas County."
According to the state Department of Transportation, U.S. 250 is closed in sections of Barbour, Randolph and Pocahontas counties due to fallen trees. Storm-toppled trees have also closed W.Va. 38 and W.Va. 72 in Tucker County, and are blocking U.S. 219 from just south of Parsons to the Randolph County line. In Preston County, Interstate 68 is closed from Exit 15 at Coopers Rock State Forest to the Maryland state line.
At White Grass Touring Center in Tucker County's Canaan Valley, 28 inches of snow had piled up by 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The cross-country ski resort had scheduled a pre-season trail-clearing weekend for friends of the resort starting on Saturday, but this year's session will involve "clearing trees on skis," operator Chip Chase posted on White Grass's website.
In Looneyville, Left Hand and Amma in Roane County, residents woke up to an inch or two of dense wet snow, despite National Weather Service predictions of little or no accumulation of snow overnight. W.Va. 36, a major thoroughfare through the county, was covered in snow within minutes after the passage of snowplows.
Lively said there had been no evacuations as of early Tuesday morning but emergency officials were monitoring Opequon Creek in the Eastern Panhandle, which was expected to flood.