Local crews prep for winter storm

PARKERSBURG – A winter storm sweeping its way through the southwest may make for a treacherous Thanksgiving day in areas of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon for the Northern Panhandle and for Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Tucker and Wetzel counties.

The weather service says up to 6 inches of snow is possible, and ice could accumulate in parts of the region, especially on hilltops. Light snow should start falling Monday night, and most of the snowfall should come Tuesday night.

The weather service says the system could clip areas in central and southern West Virginia, but no advisories have been issued there.

In some areas of West Virginia, forecasters are predicting 6 or more inches of snow which could be coupled with freezing rain and sleet. Around the edges of the state predictions are closer to 3 inches of snow.

Locally crews are already gearing up for the snow and ice.

“We have the spreaders and plows already loaded up on the trucks,” said Rick Lemley, director of public works for the city of Parkersburg. “We have our crews on standby, and we are monitoring the weather.”

Lemley said locally officials are predicting about 1-3 inches of snow.

“We have plenty of salt for the roads,” he said. “We are just waiting to see what happens.”

Steve Black, finance director for Vienna, said his city is likewise prepared.

“I know they just finished with some of the prep work,” he said Monday. “We’ve got plenty of salt. The crews are ready at a moment’s notice.

“So am I worried about the snow?” Black said. “No.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.