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Drivers urged to stay off roads as snow hits West Virginia

January 7, 2020 GMT

Officials in West Virginia were warning drivers Tuesday morning to stay off snow-slickened roads if possible.

Authorities in Kanawha and Raleigh counties issued the warnings as the number of traffic accidents mounted, news outlets reported.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for areas of West Virginia through Tuesday afternoon. The forecast calls for 1-4 inches of snow.

Kanawha County Emergency Management Director C.W. Sigman told WSAZ that if motorists have to be out to “please slow down.” Several crashes have been reported on multiple roadways.

Meanwhile, Raleigh County 911 Dir. John Zilinski had the same advice for drivers there, according to WVVA-TV. He said about 20 wrecks or stranded vehicles had been reported in 20 minutes.