Sledders take advantage of overnight snow; colder temps coming

PARKERSBURG – After a weekend of snow and cold temperatures, the weather will be brisk today as temperatures are expected to dip low again.

As of Sunday evening, a number of area schools had announced closures and delays.

Joe Merchant, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the Parkersburg area had received 2-3 inches of new snow on Saturday with around an additional half-inch Sunday morning.

“Most of the snow came from a fast moving snow squall that was on the tail-end of an Arctic cold front moving through the area,” he said Sunday, adding some areas saw 1-3 inches of snow accumulation in under an hour.

Eric Harvey, of Parkersburg, was one of a number of people who were at a hill along Quincy Street on Sunday enjoying the weather. Harvey brought his daughters, Brenan and Payton, out Sunday to do some sledding.

“We were enjoying the snow,” he said.

They were out both Saturday and Sunday, just having some family time together before the demands of the coming week kicked in.

“We were just out enjoying some downtime,” Harvey said.

Parkersburg Public Works Director Rick Lemley said city street crews worked from 7 a.m. Saturday until around 3 a.m. Sunday. The city had all seven road trucks out with crews working on shifts throughout the day to deal with snow-covered streets.

According to the National Weather Service, there was a chance of rain and snow showers Sunday night into this morning before 3 a.m. which was expected to turn to snow afterwards. The low was expected to reach 23. However, no real accumulation is expected.

Merchant said a cold front was moving across the Great Lakes on Sunday and was expected to be in the Mid-Ohio Valley sometime early this morning bringing along a rain and snow mix.

“That will be turning to snow,” he said. “No real accumulation is expected.”

Lemley said city officials were waiting to see what this new weather front might do.

“We are ready to go,” he said Sunday night. “We are waiting to see what it does.”

Today, the weather service is reporting a chance of snow showers today before 10 a.m.

“(Today’s) high (in the low 20s) is expected to come early and then drop throughout the rest of the day,” Merchant said, adding today’s temperature is expected to drop to around 13 by 3 p.m. with wind chill values as low as -2.

Merchant said the lows overnight tonight could reach -7 with wind chill values as low as -17.

A wind chill watch has been issued by the weather service for this evening through Tuesday morning. A wind chill watch means the there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and strong winds to create dangerously low wind chill values, the weather service reported.

On Tuesday, the high is expected to reach 7 with a wind chill value of -19. Tuesday night it will be clear with a low around -8. By Wednesday, the temperature is expected to climb up to 17 with sunny skies. It is expected to reach 33 by Thursday.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, schools in Pleasants, Ritchie, Calhoun, Doddridge and Tyler counties in West Virginia had announced they would be closed today. Wood, Wirt, Roane and Jackson counties had announced schools would be on a two-hour delay today.

In Ohio, Marietta City, Federal Hocking, Meigs County, Warren Local Schools and the Washington County Career Center were closed today. Washington State Community college is on a two-hour delay today

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, Belpre City Schools was on a two-hour delay with limited bus service for today. According to the district’s Calamity Day Procedure, being on a Code A under a two-hour delay, buses will run on a two-hour delay and will follow certain changes. Students, serviced by Bus 14, who live on Briggs Hill, Congress Road and Calder Ridge will be picked up at Lawnsdale from 7 a.m.-7:10 a.m. and Arrow Trailer Sales from 7:20 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Students, served by Bus 4, who live on Way Road will be picked up at Pleasant View United Methodist Church from 6:45 a.m.-6:55 a.m. Students who live on Dugan Ridge will be picked up at intersection of Mill Branch and Dugan Ridge between 7 a.m.-7:10 a.m. Afternoon dropoffs will be at the same locations, according to the district’s plan.