West Virginians Brace for More Snow
CHARLESTON (AP) – West Virginians stocked up on food, generators and other supplies as the state braced for another blast of winter.
The storm began Sunday as rain and was expected to change to sleet and then snow by Monday. Parts of the Eastern Panhandle could see up to a foot of snow, while others could receive up to 6 inches to 8 inches, the National Weather Service said.
C. David of Charleston said he was not concerned about the storm.
“Just another wintry day,” he said Sunday as he left a Kroger store in Charleston. “Nothing major.”
Linda McGilton of Charleston said she tries to be prepared but she also was not concerned.
“I don’t try to panic. It doesn’t do any good,” McGilton of Charleston said as she unloaded a grocery cart outside the Kroger store.
Grocery stores are not the only busy places this winter. There also has been a strong demand for windshield wipers and auto batteries, said McGilton, a manager at a local auto parts store.
She said it also has been difficult to find salt to keep sidewalks clean of snow and ice.
“We’ve really been kind of diminished as far winter goes with supplies,” she said.
Some residents headed to grocery and hardware stores on Saturday ahead of the storm.
“I’m just making sure that I’m ready, so I don’t have to go out for the next couple of days,” Grenda Hawk of Charleston said as she shopped at a local grocery store.
“I’m the kind of person who’s always checking the weather app on my phone,” she said. “Just to be sure I know what’s coming. When there’s no one else to rely on but me, I’ve got to get ready.”
Mohammed Ranavaya and his son bought a generator, cables and gas cans at a hardware store in Barboursville, as well as food at a grocery store. He said he and his family had to stay in a hotel years ago because of an ice storm that knocked out power to their home for about six days.
“It is a price, but it is also a necessary expense to be prepared when you have a problem that could be potentially catastrophic,” Ranavaya said.
In the Eastern Panhandle, Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management urged residents on Sunday to prepare for the storm, including stocking up on food and batteries. Eight inches to a foot of snow was expected in the county, along with freezing rain and ice.
“While there have been indications that this storm is a difficult one to predict, it is expected that the snow will be of a heavy, wet consistency which could cause downed trees and power lines,” the agency said in a news release.
Appalachian Power, which serves southern and western West Virginia, said Sunday that the storm could cause significant power outages. The utility was moving crews into areas that were expected to be hit the hardest.