In Pictures: Blizzard hits Appalachia

Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow! Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of Superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states. Since early Tuesday, at least 236,000 customers were without power in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service said a foot and more of snow was reported in lower elevations of West Virginia, where most towns and roads are. High elevations in the mountains were getting more than two feet and a blizzard warning for more than a dozen counties was in effect until Wednesday afternoon.

Here are some pictures of the blizzard in Appalachia:

Snow plows open Interstate 68 in Garrett County in western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A small front loader tractor clears snow in Grantsville, Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A snow-stuck freight truck (R) is hooked up by a large tow truck (L) in Garrett County, western Maryland, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A vehicle travels a freshly plowed road Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after superstorm Sandy moved through Elkins, W.Va. Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 243,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. At least one death was reported. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)

A man shovels snow near his pick up truck on Interstate 68 in Garrett County, western Maryland, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Sheeps try to find food and shelter beside pine trees laden with heavy snow during a blizzard from Hurricane Sandy in Garrett County, western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER ANIMALS)

A vehicle drives past a fallen tree limb caused by heavy snow during a blizzard caused by Hurricane Sandy in Garrett County, western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Snow covers the streets Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after superstorm Sandy moved through Elkins, W.Va. Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 243,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. At least one death was reported. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)

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