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CHARLESTON, WV -

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m., March 3, 2014:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a short news release just after 10 a.m. March 3 stating that e has closed state government agencies because of ice and snow accumulations that have created potentially hazardous travel conditions.

"State employees providing direct support relating to the current weather event should report at their regularly scheduled times," the release reads.

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UPDATE: 9:45 a.m., March 3, 2014:

State employees in West Virginia should not report to work until noon March 3.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, via his Twitter account, revised his call for state employees to report to work late March 3 in light of continued snowfall and freezing temperatures.

His Tweet reads as follows:

"UPDATE: State government employees to delay reporting to work until NOON today."

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Original story, 11 p.m. March 2, 2014:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order just after 10:20 p.m. March 2 asking state employees to report to work at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 3, after powerful winter storm hit WV.

His order went on to say state employees who provide direct aid or assistance to residents in West Virginia impacted by the storm should report at their scheduled times.

A Tomblin spokesperson said just before 4 p.m. March 2 the decision to declare a state of emergency is made at the governor's discretion, and at that point, there didn't seem to be a need for one. The spokesperson said if there were widespread power outages or traffic accidents, it could happen, but Tomblin's office could "do everything necessary now" without one.

Tomblin lifted the state of emergency order he had put in place Jan. 9 after a Charleston chemical leak that soiled the tap water for 300,000 people in the evening Feb. 28.

Tomblin encouraged employees to use the State of W.Va. Employee Information Line if weather conditions should rapidly change or worsen. That phone number is (304) 558-9117 or (888) 558-9117