CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Snow was falling across West Virginia's northeastern mountains on Wednesday, with accumulations of an inch or 2 expected to pile up in some higher-elevation areas by early Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service's Charleston forecast office, the state's first significant snowfall was expected to bring overnight accumulations of 1 to 2 inches in Davis in Tucker County and Terra Alta in Preston, and up to 3 inches at Snowshoe in Pocahontas County.
Photos of snow-covered pastureland in Preston County taken Wednesday afternoon by highway snow removal crews were posted on the state Department of Transportation's Twitter page. Snowshoe Mountain Resort also posted images of snowfall scenes taken Wednesday.
A desk clerk at Canaan Valley Resort State Park said Wednesday afternoon that snow was falling, but not yet sticking, at that Tucker County locale.
Although the start of West Virginia's ski season is still at least one month distant, Wednesday's snowfall "gets people thinking about and talking about skiing and riding," said Joe Stevens, spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. "At this time of year, with winter just around the corner, that means the world to us."
Freeze warnings and frost advisories were in effect for this morning in more than 20 West Virginia counties. Overnight temperatures were expected to approach, but not reach, the freezing point in the Kanawha Valley.