CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Traffic accidents continued to mount during Friday's brief respite from falling snow, with more snow forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning.
Kanawha County emergency officials Friday morning urged motorists to use extra caution on the roads.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said there were six accidents with injuries on county roads Friday, and 14 without injuries.
That was a marked decrease from Thursday, when 92 wrecks were reported in the county, including 16 that resulted in injuries, Humphreys said.
Many counties around the region closed schools Friday. Most Kanawha County schools were on a two-hour delay, but about a dozen schools in the Eastern part of the county shuttered altogether.
Part of Kelleys Creek Road in Mammoth was closed because part of the hillside fell into the road early Friday.
West Virginia Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker said U.S. 119 was closed Friday morning after a power pole fell across the road near Clendenin, and the road remained closed into Friday afternoon.
As of Friday evening, the National Weather Service was predicting up to 6 inches of snow overnight for Cabell, Calhoun, Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties. Much of the rest of the state was forecast for lower amounts of snow; Kanawha County was forecast to get 1 to 3 inches, with the snow ending at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Staff writer Rusty Marks and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.