March 05, 2013

Senator Manchin Urges West Virginians to Prepare for March Storm

LATEST UPDATES on March 2013 Storm 

Please contact your county office of emergency services for immediate assistance. County Emergency Services should be your first point of contact:  

The large winter storm continues to track toward West Virginia, with some models now showing over 20 inches of snow with 50+mph wind gusts in some areas.  Travel will remain an issue with low visibility and snow covered roads,  and power outages are all but certain with the combination of high winds and heavy wet snow. 

NOTE: Temperatures are expected to reach above 60 degrees this weekend with rain also in the forecast. Flooding could be a concern as early as Thursday, with special concern for the Potomac and Cheat rivers. Please see the County by County breakdown below:


Berkeley, Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Morgan: Warning: 10-15 inches, up to 20 inches along Interstate 81 corridor.  Winds up to 35mph.  Snow will be heavy and fall at a rate up to 2 inches per hour starting tonight through Wednesday night.

Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster: Warning: 6-12 inches, gusts up to 35mph.

Greenbrier: Warning: 5-10 inches, wind gusts up to 40mph.

Brooke, Hancock, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Wetzel: Warning: 5-8 inches, no wind advisory at this time.

Preston, Tucker: Warning: 8-14 inches, wind gusts up to 30mph.


Mercer, Summers: Advisory: 2-6 inches, gusts up to 50mph. 

Monroe: Advisory: up to 4 inches heavy wet snow, wind gusts up to 45mph.  Heaviest snow from midnight through noon tomorrow.

Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wood: Advisory: 10-15 inches, winds up to 20mph

Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Fayette, Harrison, Lewis, Nicholas, Raleigh, Taylor, Upshur: Advisory: 6-8 inches, winds up to 35mph