"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.
"Our highway crews have been out working around the clock," Tomblin said.
Crews have had difficulty keeping primary roads clear, with snow squalls recovering cleared highways throughout the day.
"Our secondary roads are still in pretty bad condition," he said.
Flooding has been reported in the Eastern Panhandle, but Tomblin said snowfall and power outages are the biggest problems now faced by the state.
However, there are concerns about the Ohio River flooding by the end of the week, especially if an expected warming trend causes rapid melting of snow in northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, he said.
That comes later, though. Local officials throughout the state couldn't think that far ahead.
"Our whole county is pretty much cut off. There's no power, no electricity pretty much everywhere in the county," Jim Wise of Randolph County emergency management said Tuesday.
Wise said the situation was similar in neighboring Tucker County, where the 911 system was down. Tucker County's 911 calls were being handled by Randolph County.
"People are pretty resilient in this area. They're used to inclement weather such as this -- usually later in the year. But it's not something they're unaccustomed to. They understand there's only so much they can do. They're going to stay in and stay as warm as they can," he said.
Earlier this month, maintenance crews for the state Division of Highways tested every single one of the state's salt trucks and snowplows.
It paid off, said DOH spokesman Brent Walker. He said the testing and run-throughs prepared road crews for this week's snowstorms.
"We've taken our dry runs, we've calibrated our instruments, and we've put on and tested the plows and salt bins," Walker said. "That's put us in good shape for the snow."
Anthony Gilmer, marketing coordinator for Yeager Airport, said all outbound flights from the airport were canceled on Tuesday, and only two incoming flights from Charlotte, N.C. were still on the schedule. Flights to and from Washington, D.C. and New York were canceled for Wednesday, as well as flights to Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, schools in Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, McDowell, Pendleton, Preston, Raleigh, Taylor and Upshur counties had been closed for Wednesday. University of Charleston officials also said their school would be closed Wednesday.
Kanawha County Schools are on a two-hour delay.
Tomblin said at 4 p.m. that a decision had not been made on whether state offices will reopen Wednesday.
"My guess is it will be much like today. We will request that essential individuals report to work, and go on a county-by-county basis," he said.
Temperatures were expected to rise slightlyWednesday to the mid-30s, said Joe Merchant, a National Weather Service meteorologist. More elevated areas of the state would get about 1-2 inches of additional snow, he said.
"The storm's center is just meandering to the north over Pennsylvania," Merchant said. "We are still very much under Sandy's influence."
Merchant said he expects more seasonal temperatures in the mid 50s by Thursday. Flooding is not anticipated because rivers are low and grounds are still dry from summer and fall.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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