- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Winter was wetter and warmer than normal in much of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says that from December through February, temperatures averaged 3 to 4 degrees above normal, mostly due to a warm December. By comparison, the winter of 2014-15 was 6 to 7 degrees colder than this past winter.

The weather service says Beckley had its ninth warmest winter on record, averaging 37 degrees, or 3.8 degrees above normal. Parkersburg tied its ninth warmest winter.

Precipitation amounts in southwestern counties were 2 to 4.5 inches higher than normal. Huntington saw nearly 14 inches of precipitation, including rain and snowmelt, while Charleston had nearly 12.

The weather service says seasonal snowfall amounts have been below average in mountain counties, although there’s still time to add to those totals.

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