CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Snow on top of freezing rain teamed up for trouble just in time for Monday's morning commute, leading to multiple fender-benders in the Kanawha Valley.
As of late Monday afternoon, 64 accidents had been reported in Kanawha County, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Of those, Humphreys said, 29 involved some kind of injury.
Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers were tracking 17 separate accidents at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with several wrecks reported on Interstate 77 between the Haines Branch and Tuppers Creek exits.
Bridge Road in Charleston was closed after a car slid into a guardrail and another vehicle slid into the rock hillside. Dispatchers said a tractor-trailer collided with a car in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 near the MacCorkle Avenue exit.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Wier, a drop in temperature caused icy road conditions Monday morning during the night after heavy rain earlier in the day. It began raining in the Kanawha Valley around 3 p.m., and the temperature dropped below freezing around 8 p.m.
"We had those wet roads, and then surface temperatures started to drop below freezing, and things started to ice up as we got snow coating those roads," Wier said. "Overall, though, we didn't get nearly the amount of snow that they had farther north.
"Ours was just that quick coating that can cause traffic problems because people are driving too fast for the conditions, not realizing it's as dangerous as it is."