Cole hoped to have all roads in the county reopened by Thursday night.
"We have all week been sending additional crews up there," Cole said. "One issue we had up there for the first few days of the storm, we would get a road open. No sooner would we leave and go to another road, more trees would fall in. We were like a dog chasing its tail."
The same problems are occurring in Barbour County, said Jim Ancell, the county's interim deputy director of emergency services.
"The ground's so saturated with water, the least little disturbance is causing the trees to keep coming down," Ancell said.
U.S. Route 250 in Barbour and Randolph counties was reopened Thursday, but Ancell said about half of his county's secondary roads remained closed, along with dozens of roads elsewhere in the state.
A few hundred feet of elevation can made a difference.
In Preston County, residents are used to tough winters, Trembly said. They just usually start a little later.
"But people here are pretty resilient. They learn to deal with it and always have food, and gasoline, generators - some people have generators, which is nice," she said. "You just smile and grin and bear it. Keep going."
Schools remained closed for a third day in at least 21 counties.
The American Red Cross was sending mobile units to provide food and water to communities in Boone, Nicholas and Tucker counties, spokeswoman Katie Bender said. Red Cross shelters remained open Thursday in Bruceton Mills, Inwood, Martinsburg, Masontown, Morgantown and Ranson.
Raby reported from Charleston.