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Snow days: Polar vortex blankets Shepherdstown

By Staff | Jan 30, 2019
A plant is bundled up against the snow and freezing temperatures as a polar vortex descends on Shepherdstown on Tuesday afternoon.

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Snow begins to cover Shepherdstown’s roads and vehicles on Tuesday afternoon, as a polar vortex sweeps down from the arctic through West Virginia. On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice directed the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the West Virginia National Guard to prepare for potential extreme cold weather expected to impact the Mountain State through Thursday.

The polar vortex was predicted to bring with it daytime highs across most of West Virginia in the single digits to below zero, and overnight wind chill temperatures of -25 or lower in portions of northeast West Virginia, with the possibility of light snow for much of the area. Temperatures were expected to return to average by Saturday.