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Snowy road conditions causing dozens of wrecks in the region

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UPDATE

The band of snow responsible for the rash of wrecks has moved to the east, but has left roads an icy mess, with many drivers and even some first response vehicles unable to move.

"The snow squalls and final bigger band of snow were actually pretty well forecast last night," said StormTracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  "The problem is, you can never overestimate the impact of even a little snow once the ground loses its heat.  Basically this was like laying down fresh ice with an Interstate highway Zamboni.  It's not funny if you're stuck, but that's the visual you need to see in your mind before you choose to venture out.  It's a sheet of ice in places."  

Even after the snow stopped, multiple wrecks were reported, especially on I-64 between Cross Lanes and Institute according to Kanawha County Metro 911.  Drivers are urged to avoid driving in that area as well as Putnam County on I-64 until conditions improve. 

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Late Saturday night snow is causing dozens of wrecks along West Virginia roads.  

I-64 is shut down in a few places due to accidents. Dispatchers say I-64 eastbound at the Hurricane Exit and I-64 westbound at the Teays Valley Exit are both shut down due to accidents.

Several wrecks were reported along interstates in Putnam and Kanawha counties.

Officials are urging drivers to stay off of the roads.