CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A late winter storm dumped 2 feet of snow Wednesday in parts of West Virginia, closing schools in more than half the state and leaving more than 20,000 customers without power.
The National Weather Service in Baltimore said the Pendleton County community of Franklin received 24 inches of snow. Other snowfall totals in eastern parts of the state included 17 inches in Romney, 14 inches in Circleville and Slanesville, and 11 inches in Berkeley Springs.
In the eastern part of the state, the storm forced courts in Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties to close, while Shepherd University canceled classes. The Jefferson County sheriff's department asked motorists to stay off snow-clogged roads.
FirstEnergy reported more than 6,180 outages by 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, down from 18,400 earlier in the day. Most of the customers affected were in Pocahontas, Pendleton and Hardy counties.
Meanwhile, numbers continued to drop throughout the day Wednesday in areas served by Appalachian Power as service was restored. About 2,200 Kanawha County customers were without power early Wednesday morning, but service was restored to all Kanawha County customers by the afternoon.
Appalachian Power's website listed about 1,200 customers without electricity Wednesday evening. All were in Cabell County.
In the state's central mountains, Shelly Groves has seen a constant coat of white on the ground ever since superstorm Sandy dumped more than 2 feet in late October in the Nicholas County community of Craigsville.
"Nothing but snow," Groves said Wednesday.
The Hardware: That's Us store where she's a cashier sold out of 384 bags of salt Wednesday and had steady sales of gas cans and propane. Although Craigsville was spared the full brunt of the storm, 6 inches still fell by midday -- and everyone around is tired of it.