Tucker County residents may be seeing quite a bit of the white stuff today, even though Christmas is over..
The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a winter storm warning for Tucker County Wednesday afternoon, predicting that 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall in the area, in addition to up to two-tenths of an inch of ice. The warning was to remain in effect for Tucker County until 6 a.m. today.
The NWS forecast calls for heavy snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Snow could weigh down power lines and tree limbs, possibly causing power outages, according to the NWS warning.
FirstEnergy, the parent company of Mon Power, issued a press release Wednesday, letting consumers know that it's prepared for the winter weather.
"As a result of the weather, FirstEnergy utilities have implemented the company's storm preparation process, including calling in extra line crews and securing commitments from contractor crews to deploy as needed," the release states.
A winter storm warning means that snow, sleet or ice will make travel hazardous or impossible.
Randolph County is not under a warning, but snowshowers mixed with freezing drizzle are expected to fall, mainly before 4 p.m. today, according to the NWS. However, little or no snow or ice accumulation is anticipated.
Jim Wise, acting director of the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, said the freezing rain led to several car accidents Wednesday. He said the low temperatures combined with wind and wet roads can lead to quick freezing.
"We have had more wrecks than normal," Wise said on Wednesday. "We had people in ditches and in medians. It is going to continue to get colder and snow."
Wise said people should not drive unless it is absolutely necessary.
"Take your time and if you don't have to travel, don't," he said. "If you do travel make sure you are prepared in case you get stuck."
Wise advised people who have to travel to make sure they carry blankets and other items to stay warm.