The coldest temperatures in 20 years froze southern West Virginia on Tuesday, but Wyoming County Emergency Services Director Dean Meadows says area residents were well prepared for the storm.
Temperatures began sliding throughout the day on Monday, accompanied by snow showers. They dipped into single digits during the night and dropped below zero early on Tuesday. Highs today were expected to reach 12.
Parts of the Guyandotte River froze over in the severe cold.
“We had several days notice on this weather coming and people prepared really well within the county,” Meadows commented. “They prepared for it and had minimal problems within the county.”
About 600 homes lost power in the Kopperston-Crany area on Monday night.
Meadows said the outage began around midnight and that power was restored by 9 a.m.
There were no serious car accidents, he indicated.
“We had some people sliding into ditches but no (major) accidents,” he said. “Everybody used good caution.”
“As far as storms go this was a success story,” Meadows commented.
Temperatures dropped into single digits again late Tuesday and early Wednesday, but began to warm up to the 20s and 30s by Wednesday afternoon.
County schools were closed Monday through Wednesday.