West Virginia schools closing ahead of winter storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Multiple West Virginia counties have shut down their schools ahead of a winter storm expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to the state.

The Department of Education says schools in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Webster counties will be closed Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather alerts for large sections of West Virginia and is warning of snowfalls between 2 to 12 inches.

The storm has brought a messy mixture of rain, snow, sleet and wind to the eastern U.S. Forecasters say it could drop 10 to 20 total inches of snow by Tuesday morning from Pennsylvania to Maine as well as heavy snow to the Appalachian Mountains down to Tennessee and North Carolina.