Winter Storm Titan blasts area with snow and cold temps

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

March 4, 2014

Winter storm Titan hit the area as predicted overnight, closing state, county and local government offices, schools and businesses. Several counties declared a Level 3 snow emergency early Monday morning. In Ohio, Vinton County and Meigs County declared a Level 3 emergency, as did Mingo County in West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky. In those locations, all roads were closed to non-emergency personnel.

Sleet changed into snow overnight Sunday into Monday. Snow fell at a rate of one inch per hour, with three to six inches on the ground by morning. Total accumulations were expected to reach four to eight inches by noon.

Temperatures are expected to dip to single digits Monday into Tuesday, turning everything into solid ice.

So far, electrical outages are not as bad as expected. Power crews spent the weekend preparing for the winter storm. Crews from West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina, and an additional 600 workers were brought in to help. More than 100 trucks were lined up at a Wal-Mart in Huntington, with hundreds of workers standing by to help.

The Logan L.E.A.D. warming center will be open through Tuesday for the winter storm to offer warmth and safety to those impacted by this significant ice and snow event. There will be room for anyone who loses power for an extended period of time and can safely make it to the center. The warming center will be located in the Pride Building in downtown Logan. For more information about the warming center, call 304-896-8551.

The American Red Cross Started to prepare for the storm Friday afternoon. Over fifty vehicles have prepared to respond including seven Emergency Response Vehicles and trailers loaded with shelter supplies, like cots, blankets and toiletry items which have been pre-positioned in 22 counties throughout the region. Red Cross Disaster Program Managers have been in ongoing communications with local county Emergency Management, to partner together in helping all communities respond. The Red Cross workers will be in the Emergency Operations Centers including the State EOC which opened at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday to assist in response to any counties’ needs from the Red Cross West Virginia Region. The Red Cross also continues to assist families who have been affected by home fires. To learn more, visit redcrosswv.org or call (304) 340-3650.

Remember to check on your neighbors throughout the storm and make sure pets are kept safe and warm.