- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted a state of emergency that remained intact for four counties following cleanup of the recent winter storm.

Tomblin said in a news release Friday that the state of emergency is lifted for the four counties hit hardest: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Preston.

On Wednesday, Tomblin lifted the state of emergency for 51 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

The declaration allowed the National Guard to assist in response efforts after last weekend’s snowstorm.

Parts of the state received more than 3 feet of snow. Roads crews needed several days to clear snow off primary and secondary routes. Schools in a few counties remained closed Friday.

In Jefferson County, nearly 41 inches of snow fell in Shepherdstown.

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