That quick burst of snow, combined
with frigid temperatures and strong winds, meant that road crews have been in
quite a battle with Mother Nature. State, county and city crews were called out
overnight, but their road treatments were not that effective during the morning
At the height of morning traffic - from 7:10 until 7:45 - a tractor-trailer became stuck on the incline from the Washington Street Bridge onto Fort Harmar Drive. Police officers and city street crews eventually shoveled enough sand and salt under and in front of the rig to allow the driver to get traction and be on his way. By 8:00 traffic on State Route 7 in the city was returning to normal.
Especially on ridgetops, winds are
still blowing snow over treated roads. In addition, roads are refreezing, in some cases within an hour after being treated.
At 8:00, the temperature at the Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport was 11, with winds gusting to 20 mph, yielding a wind chill of -5.
Those conditions caused all schools in Washington, Wood, Pleasants and Morgan counties to close today. Our school closure list notably
includes Washington State Community College, where all classes are cancelled
As of 8:30, Washington County
was under a Level 1 snow emergency, meaning roads are icy and hazardous. Drive
Also as of 8:30, WV 511 – the Mountain State’s
new road condition service, tweeted "All
major highways in West Virginia are in FAIR condition, with ice and
snow. Please slow down.” Good advice.
Go to ohgo.com and wv511.org for the latest road conditions.