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Many W.Va. cities hit record lows

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Thousands of West Virginia homes and businesses have temporarily lost power amid a record cold snap.

FirstEnergy reports 5,400 customers in West Virginia were without electricity at midday Tuesday. Appalachian Power says about 3,000 customers lost service in southern West Virginia.

The National Weather Service says readings dipped as low as 20 below zero Tuesday morning at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Among the cities reporting record lows were Wheeling at minus 10 and Morgantown at minus 7.

Morgantown also set a record Monday night, along with Bluefield and Lewisburg, when temperatures fell to minus 4 degrees in all three cities.

Residents in many areas woke up to below-zero temperatures on Tuesday. Shortly before 6 a.m., Beckley, Elkins and Lewisburg all reported minus 8 degrees.

All 55 county public school systems canceled classes Tuesday.

West Virginia Ski Areas Association spokesman Joe Stevens says Canaan Valley Ski Resort in Davis closed its slopes for the day.

A statewide wind chill warning was due to expire by late afternoon, although actual readings were expected to rise only to the single digits.

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