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  • October snowstorm Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front, bringing heavy snows to West Virginia. The blizzard left seven people dead and more than 500,000 homes without electricity. Read More »

  • Flood of 1985 Heavy rains in the last days of October 1985 brought fatal flooding to West Virginia in early November. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • Election Day West Virginians take a lively interest in politics. In 2018, Election Day falls on November 6. Read More »

  • Showcase for art The Huntington Museum of Art opened on November 9, 1952, as the Huntington Galleries. The state’s largest art museum hosts traveling exhibits and has permanent collections that include Ohio Valley glass, firearms, and fine art. Read More »

  • New River The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress on November 10, 1978. It is one of only three national rivers in the country. Read More »

  • Veterans Day World War I ended on November 11, 1918. More than 1,100 soldiers from West Virginia were killed in action during the war. Read More »

  • Marshall plane crash On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane crashed, killing all 75 passengers and crew members. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall football team, most of the team’s coaches, and several fans. Read More »

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra On November 14, 1939, the Charleston Civic Orchestra gave its first performance. Today, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra schedules a full season of symphonic and pops concerts. Read More »

  • Fatal day Twenty-one miners escaped alive, but another 78 perished in the explosion at Consolidation Coal’s No. 9 mine near Farmington on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy Charleston Newspapers. Read More »

  • White tail deer Traditional buck hunting season begins around Thanksgiving. Read More »

  • New River Gorge Bridge After three years of work, the New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated on October 22, 1977. Read More »

This Date in History

November 13, 2012: Kumbrabow State Forest was one of the last locations to have electricity restored following the October snowstorm

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A rare consolidation of a strong mid- and upper-level trough in the polar jet stream with tropical hurricane Sandy resulted in a historic snowstorm in October 2012.

There were periods of rain on October 27 and 28 as a cold front moved east. Light rain changed to the first snowflakes on October 29. Snow fell across the high terrain of Southwest Virginia northward into the mountainous counties of central West Virginia. Heading north, the rain took longer to change to wet snow, especi...

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