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Overnight Snowburst, Wind Chills Lead to Road Blockage and School Closings
Posted on: 02/01/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
A quick moving cold front that brought a fast two inches of snow overnight left in its wake very cold air, gusty winds, and unusually slick conditions for the morning commute.
 
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 commute.
 
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 today.  
 
As of 8:30, Washington County was under a Level 1 snow emergency, meaning roads are icy and hazardous. Drive with caution.  
 
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.
 
 
 
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