Snow expected to taper off today

PARKERSBURG – After a mild December and January, February is starting with a wintry blast, but the snow is expected to taper off today.

According to the National Weather Service, area snow levels from Friday and Saturday ranged from 3 inches north of Parkersburg to 1-2 one inches to the south.

“Most reports to us from Wood County reported 1-2 inches of new snow on Saturday on top of the 1 inch that was reported on Friday,” said Tim Axford of the National Weather Service forecast office in South Charleston.

St. Marys, Sistersville and Middlebourne had reports of 2-3 inches , an inch in Parkersburg, 2 inches in Waverly and Mineral Wells and an inch in Ripley and Ravenswood, Axford said.

“Everyone has seen some sort of snow,” he said. “Saturday night was not as cold as Friday due to the clouds, so it’s a little warmer, but there will be slick roads and some snow will linger through (this) morning.”

The forecast for Parkersburg calls for snow showers likely today, mainly between 10 a.m. and 11a.m. It will be cloudy, with a high near 29 with west winds from 7-13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation will be less than an inch.

For Sunday night there is chance of snow showers, mainly before 8 p.m., mostly cloudy, with a low around 14 with a west wind 6 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent

There will be a chance of snow Monday and Tuesday with high temperatures in the 30s and lows in the 20s through Wednesday. Long-range forecasts call for highs in the mid to low 40s on Thursday and Friday and near 50 on Saturday.

Local law enforcement agencies Saturday reported no weather-related accidents, although the Ohio Highway Patrol reported several near misses.

Highway crews in Ohio and West Virginia have been out keeping roadways clear. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported more than 100 snowplows will continue to work around-the-clock in Southeast Ohio, treating and clearing the roads of snow and ice.

A report from the West Virginia Division of Highways reported a few roads have been closed due to high water.

In Pleasants County, the division reported three roads closed. Cedar Run Road and Sugar Valley Road, closed at noon Thursday due to high water and Lamp Hill Road was closed at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday due to high water. No date was available as to when they will reopen.

In Roane County, Osbornes Mills-Amma Road has been closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. since Monday due to a rock slip. Work is expected to continue through Feb. 15.

Middle Ridge Road in Wood County was closed at 3:30 p.m. Friday due to a bridge wash out and Garfield Road in Wirt County was closed at 9 p.m. on Wednesday between mile posts 7.9 to 9 due to high water.