Winter Storm Jonas, one of the largest snowstorms to ever hit the East Coast, cost the West Virginia Division of Highways (and taxpayers) nearly $9 million dollars, according to early estimated figures.

"It is a big storm," said Carrie Bly, communications specialist for the state Department of Transportation, of the expenses that were amassed for equipment, labor, materials, contract workers and contract equipment from Friday, Jan. 22, when the storm first hit the Mountain State, through Saturday, Jan. 30.

That total cost, $8,891,869 specifically, is expected to rise. Bly said 154,389 total employee hours were devoted to snow and ice removal on roads across West Virginia using 27,782 tons of salt. "That's a lot of time and a lot of hard work that our crews put into clearing up after the storm," said Bly.

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