Several county courthouses shut down because of the weather. Kanawha County closed its Judicial Annex at 1 p.m. and closed the county courthouse a couple hours early Thursday afternoon. Thursday evening's Kanawha County Commission meeting was canceled.
The city of Charleston didn't collect trash Thursday, Public Works Director Gary Taylor said. Thursday routes will be picked up Friday, and Friday's routes will be picked up Saturday, he said.
At Charleston's Yeager Airport, all Thursday flights to and from Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C., were canceled. The first of two daily flights to Atlanta was canceled, as well, and several flights were delayed.
Although accidents were reported throughout the region, many drivers took the advice everyone was giving.
"People are being smart, for once, and staying off the roadways," a Summers County emergency dispatcher said. Despite the county seat, Hinton, having a foot of snow, the sheriff's office reported no significant accidents, the dispatcher said.
Drivers mainly stayed off roads in Boone County, as well, a 911 dispatcher said. Few accidents were reported Thursday evening, but several people reported impassable roads, the dispatcher said.
Only minor accidents were reported in Greenbrier County and, by Thursday evening, the snowfall had slackened off, according to Greenbrier Emergency Management Director Al Whitaker. Back roads were largely untouched by plows, while main roads remained passable Thursday evening, he said.
Whitaker warned drivers to stay off the roads Thursday night, saying it was still too dangerous to get out.
Power outages related to the storm were practically nonexistent, as of Thursday evening, according to the electric companies. Appalachian Power reported no customers without power on its website at 6 p.m., and First Energy reported just 45 customers without power.
In the Eastern Panhandle, drivers encountered whiteout conditions Thursday morning along Interstate 81 near Falling Waters, according to the DOT.
Staff writers Rachel Molenda, Kate White, Travis Crum, Lydia Nuzum, Caitlin Cook and David Gutman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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