CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Schools in 27 of the state's 55 counties are closed this morning because of a late-February blast of arctic air.
Schools are closed in Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Greenbrier, Harrison, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Wayne and Webster counties, according to the state Department of Education. Some schools were also closed in Mineral County.
Schools in Gilmer, Jackson, Marion, Mason, Monongalia, Pendleton, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, Wood counties and some schools in Grant County were operating on a two-hour delay.
Many parts of the state received two to four inches of snow overnight, combined with wind chill factors that made clearing roads difficult.
Students in West Virginia have missed so much school this year because of weather that some school systems are now looking at the possibility of having to extend the school year.