UPDATE: Residents attempt to stay warm in frigid weather - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Residents attempt to stay warm in frigid weather

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Warming stations were set up in several area communities amid the region's arctic blast.

Shelters established across the region offered heat, warm beverages and a safe place indoors for those who were in need of an escape from the sub-zero temperatures.

Scattered power outages were reported across several counties Tuesday morning, but by Tuesday afternoon most service had been restored.

Check the latest power outage numbers

Turnout at the shelters WVVA visited Tuesday were light, a sign that power outages did not have a major impact.

In Tazewell County, warming stations were available at the Tazewell County Fire and Rescue Station, Abbs Valley Fire Department, Richlands Police Department and Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad.

In Wyoming County, a warming station was set up at Oceana City Hall.

In Mercer County, a warming station was available at the Princeton Rescue Squad. The Bluefield Union Mission on Bluefield Avenue was available for assistance. You can call the mission at 304-327-8167.

In Fayette County, two daytime warming stations were set up to serve those in the Ansted/Hico area affected by outages. They were at the Lighthouse Worship Center on Smales Branch Road in Hico and the Nuttall Fire Department on Route 60.

Warming stations were on standby in other counties, if needed.

If you need heating or other assistance, below are non-emergency numbers for the counties in the WVVA viewing area. If you have an emergency, dial 911:

West Virginia:

  • Bluefield Union Mission: 304-327-8167 - Facebook
  • Fayette County: 304-574-3590 - Facebook
  • Greenbrier County: 304-647-7911
  • McDowell County: 304-436-4106 - Facebook
  • Mercer County: 304-425-8911
  • Monroe County: 304-772-3911
  • Raleigh County: 304-255-0911 - Facebook
  • Summers County: 304-466-5613
  • Wyoming County: 304-732-6953 - Facebook


  • Bland County: 276-688-4311 - Facebook
  • Buchanan County: 276-935-0885
  • Giles County: 540-921-3842
  • Tazewell County: 276-988-0902 - Facebook

Shelters were expected to be open through Wednesday, when temperatures were expected to begin to rise. Forecasts called for highs in the 50s by the weekend.

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