CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While it was T-shirt and shorts weather in West Virginia's eastern mountains early last week, a late season snowfall on Monday had residents of the area digging out their parkas, insulated boots and skis to deal with a brief return of wintry conditions.
Snowplows and salt trucks returned to service early in the day, treating driving surfaces along Interstate 68 between Morgantown and the Maryland border, Interstate 64 between Sam Black Church and the Virginia line, U.S. 33 between Weston and Elkins, and U.S. 48 between Wardensville and Moorefield, among other locations.
"If the snow falls, we'll be out there, no matter the time of year," said state Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker. "And gosh knows, we've got enough salt this year," he added, referring to West Virginia's recently concluded mildest winter in 40 years.
By mid-morning on Monday, 2.8 inches of snow had fallen on Davis, while 2.6 inches had accumulated at Terra Alta in Preston County, where all public school classes were canceled due to inclement weather. Some schools in Fayette, Mineral and Grant counties also were closed due to snow.
Accumulations of 2 inches or more also were recorded at Richwood and Mount Nebo in Nicholas County and Monterville and Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County. Forecasters had said a foot of snow or more might fall in parts of West Virginia, but that didn't happen.
Snow fell, but did not significantly pile up, as far south as Bluefield and as far north as Morgantown, according to the National Weather Service. Much of the snow had melted by Monday evening.
In Tucker County's Canaan Valley, Chip Chase spent part of the day on the slopes of his White Grass cross-country ski resort, which officially closed for the season more than one month ago. About 3 inches of snow had accumulated on the pastures surrounding the White Grass lodge, and 5 inches or more had stacked up on the adjacent slopes of Weiss Knob and Cabin Mountain.
With winter weather ending so early this year, "we had plenty of time to get caught up on our spring chores," Chase said. "With the snow starting to blow and drift in the grassy fields, I thought I'd take time to enjoy it."
Chase said a late April snow of the magnitude experienced on Monday "is about a once-in-every-10-years event," although relatively heavy snows have occurred in May.