- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for much of West Virginia.

Some areas in eastern West Virginia could see up to a foot of snow by late Tuesday night. Smaller accumulations are expected in other areas.

The precipitation will be accompanied by extremely cold temperatures, with lows in the single digits in some areas. The frigid conditions are expected to linger most of the week. But forecasters say it won’t be as bad as the cold snap earlier this month, when the polar vortex sent temperatures plunging to below zero in some parts of the state.

Schools in all 55 counties are closed Tuesday.

Appalachian Power says it’s preparing for heavy electricity demand as customers turn up their thermostats.

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