SAFETY ALERT: Severe Winter Storm

  • SAFETY ALERT: Severe Winter Storm

    SAFETY ALERT: Severe Winter Storm

    Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a State of Emergency for the approaching severe winter snow storm.

    The weather forecast as of January 22, 2016 at 10:00 am reports that Winter Storm Jonas is approaching our area and expected to arrive between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm The National Weather Service is forecasting 18-30 inches of snow for the Martinsburg area. It is possible that we will receive more snow if a heavy snow band passes over the city.

    Snow rates could be as high as 3 to 4 inches per hour. Winds will increase as the storm approaches and may gust as high as 30 to 40 miles per hour. Winds are predicted to shift from Southeast to Northeast and continue through Sunday.

    Road conditions will deteriorate quickly and driving will be dangerous. Residents are urged to stay off the roads if at all possible and drive their vehicles only if absolutely necessary until this weather emergency is over.

    Two emergency shelters have been established in the event that motorists become stranded on the Interstate Highway or other roads.

    These emergency shelters are located at:

    • Hedgesville Fire Department
    • Musselman High School

    For information related to these shelters, call the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at (304) 350-3096.

    For emergencies call 911.

    For non-emergency assistance, call:

    • Martinsburg Police Department: (304) 264-2100
    • Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office: (304) 267-7000
    • West Virginia State Police: (304) 267-0001