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Schools closed in 50 of 55 counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School systems are closed in at least 50 of West Virginia's 55 counties this morning as an arctic storm system works its way through the state.

The only county school systems not listed as closed on the West Virginia Department of Education's website are Berkeley, Hancock, Jefferson, Mason and  Wayne counties. All other county school systems are listed as closed.

Schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Mason counties were scheduled to be closed today anyway.

Temperatures plummeted overnight as an arctic air mass began working its way into the state, and state residents woke up to temperatures in the single digits and low double digits.

But few West Virginians were left without electricity because of the snowstorm. FirstEnergy, which supplies power to much of the northern half of the state, listed only about 140 customers without electricity this morning. AEP, which supplies electricity to most of the southern half of the state, listed about 175 customers without power.

Temperatures are expected to rise again over the weekend before plunging into overnight lows below zero early next week, forecasters are saying.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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