This ruler showed nearly a foot but before Thursday was out, most county residents had to switch to yardsticks to measure the total snowfall of last week’s major snow storm which paralyzed much of the eastern portion of the country. West Virginia was on the edge of a widespread winter storm that snarled traffic and caused chaos for many areas of the South and on the East Coast up to New England. Utility crews in the South were working to restore electricity to more than 700,000 homes and businesses, mostly in the Carolinas and Georgia. At least 20 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the storm nationwide. Closer to home, area E-911 centers reported no major problems as a result of the storm. Forecasts this week call for warmer temperatures and precipitation in the form of rain.