UPDATE Joint agency update on winter weather and extreme cold impact in West Virginia

1/30/2019

Joint agency update on winter weather and extreme cold impact in West Virginia
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va.The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM), the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), and other West Virginia State Agencies continue to monitor the extreme cold weather front currently impacting the Mountain State today through Thursday.  
 
As of 8:00 a.m., the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has received situation reports from all counties in West Virginia. No county or jurisdiction has unmet needs or significant issues at this time.
 
Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in numerous counties are either activated or on stand-by. As of this report, all county emergency operations centers are monitoring utility outages and weather conditions and will continue to provide daily situational reports and updates to state officials.
 
A list of known warming center locations, by county, will be posted online and updated as information is made available at the following address: https://dhsem.wv.gov/Preparedness/Pages/Warming-Locations-.aspx. Citizens can also check for warming center information by monitoring local media outlets, or by contacting their local Emergency Management agencies or the West Virginia Watch Center at 304-558-5380. Please avoid calling 911 Centers unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
 
The latest update from the National Weather Service in Charleston shows an arctic front moving across the state accompanied by bitter cold air and sustained high winds. Dangerously cold wind chill values are expected into Thursday night. Numerous Advisories and Warnings are currently active around the state including High Wind, Wind Chill, and Winter Weather. Elevations above 2,500 feet are especially vulnerable to high winds and extreme cold. Power outages are possible, even likely.
 
The West Virginia Department of Transportation continues to stay prepped and ready for any impact to the state with assets pre-positioned to treat major roads. Please remember, when temperatures dip below 20 degrees, salt loses its effectiveness. DOH crews will add calcium chloride to their salt mix to assist at colder temperatures, but temperatures in the single digits change the focus from melting ice to aiding traction by putting additional aggregate in the mix. Drivers are urged to stay up-to-date on travel information and road conditions by visiting www.wv511.org.
 
We urge individuals to continue to monitor their weather situation via local television, radio, and news outlets or by following WVDHSEM on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM/ and https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM.
 
For the most up-to-date information on National Weather Service Current Watches Warnings and Advisories for West Virginia, visit https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wv.php?x=1.
 
For more information on extreme cold and how to prepare:
  Shelters and disaster information by county: www.redcross.org/local/west-virginia/get-help.html
  Heating safety: https://firemarshal.wv.gov
  Road Conditions and Travel Information: www.wv511.org
 
 
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For more information, contact the West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office at: (304) 561-6762 or email: holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil or WVDHSEM PIO: Lora D. Lipscomb, Public Information Officer Office: (304) 558-5380 or at lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov


Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer