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Winter weather advisory calls for up to 5 inches of snow

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 10 a.m. today through 10 a.m. Sunday.

The storm is expected to bring anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow to Kanawha County and the surrounding region.

The heaviest snow is expected to occur Saturday afternoon into the early evening, according to the NWS in Charleston.

Snow accumulations, on top of what is already covering many road surfaces in the area, will make roads slick. Drivers are urged to drive slowly and allow a greater distance between vehicles when on the roadway, according to the NWS.

Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers warned of extremely slick roads and said they are responding to numerous accidents along the interstates and on secondary roads.

Just after 1 p.m. W.Va. 61 between East Bank and Coalburg was shut down due to an auto accident. The 3200 block of East DuPont Avenue in Shrewebsury was shut down for about an hour Saturday, but reopened around 2:30 p.m.

Interstate 64 eastbound near the Milton exit is currently shut down and two westbound lanes on I-64 near the St. Albans exit are also shut down. Small gusts of winds between 5 and 10 miles-per-hour will hit the region tonight, but should not cause any damage. Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-20s to around 30 degrees by Saturday evening.


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