Few accidents reported locally after snow

Lawrence Pierce
The pre-Thanksgiving snow turned Coonskin Park into a winter wonderland. The annual holiday lights display at the park begins on Friday, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Chip Ellis
Genevieve Potter, 10, gets a push from her nephew Jakob Potter, 6. The two spent much of Wednesday morning searching their South Charleston neighborhood for good sledding spots.
Kenny Kemp
Wednesday's snow wasn't enough to keep runners off Kanawha Boulevard.
Lawrence Pierce
Deer browse for food in the trees in Coonskin Park.
The Charleston area got off relatively easy from the first snowstorm of the season, but other areas of the state were hit somewhat harder, emergency officials said Wednesday."The roads are in pretty good shape," Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman said Wednesday. "So far, so good."Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers said six accidents were reported Wednesday morning, including an accident near Edens Fork that sent one person to the hospital. Accidents were also reported on Interstate 79 north near the Clendenin exit and at the Interstate 64/77 split in Charleston.All were cleared by 8:30 a.m. except the Edens Fork accident, which kept one northbound lane of I-77 closed until later in the morning.Sigman said there were no reports of trees or lines down overnight in Kanawha County. He said a tree fell onto the railroad tracks near Pratt on Tuesday night, but he did not think the incident was related to the weather.State Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly said snowplow and salt truck crews were doing a good job clearing the state's interstates and highways."We're ahead of it right now, and we hope it can stay that way," she said. "Most of the interstates and main routes are wet pavement."Bly said some secondary roads may still have significant amounts of snow or slush on them, but main routes are clear. But she said northern counties could still see some problems as snowfall continued throughout Wednesday.
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Appalachian Power listed fewer than 1,000 customers without power in West Virginia, including about 300 in Kanawha County.FirstEnergy, which supplies electricity to much of the northern part of the state, listed fewer than 200 customers without service by mid-afternoon, mostly in Braxton County.In Pocahontas County, usually on the receiving end of significant snowfall, emergency dispatchers in Marlinton reported only flurries Wednesday afternoon and no real accumulation. At Snowshoe Mountain Resort, one of the county's ski resorts, snowfall began about sunup. Staff expected about 7 inches of snow overnight.In Nicholas County, 911 dispatchers reported about 3 inches of snow on the ground, with another 3 to 5 inches expected. Roads remained snow covered and slick, and accounted for several accidents.A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service was to continue until 1 a.m. Thursday for Greenbrier, Mercer, Preston, Summers and Tucker counties, as well as western parts of Grant, Mineral and Pendleton counties.A cold high pressure system was expected to move in for Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures forecast to rise slightly above freezing in Charleston. Temperatures are expected to warm up over the weekend, with light rain returning by Sunday night or Monday.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.
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