Another day off from school for students across West Virginia as temperatures dip below zero

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Schoolchildren are getting yet another day off thanks to Old Man Winter.

Public schools in more than three dozen of West Virginia's 55 counties aren't going to risk sending kids to class a day after a storm dumped up to a foot of snow in the state. Lows dipped below zero statewide Thursday night.

Students in 18 counties have been off since Wednesday when they were sent home early due to water-clogged roads from heavy rains.

Crews are working to restore electricity to 41,000 FirstEnergy and 35,000 Appalachian Power customers who had no power Thursday evening.

Several warming stations and shelters were opened for residents. That included three in Cabell County, where about 10,000 customers had no power.

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