Snow causes accidents, closes schools

PARKERSBURG — An early morning storm dumped several inches of snow on the region, causing minor traffic accidents and closing or postponing the start of school on Monday.

By late morning the sun was shining and the snow was melting.

Schools were canceled Monday in Wood County, Pleasants County, Tyler County, Frontier Local, Fort Frye Local and Marietta. Belpre schools were on a two-hour delay. Classes at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Wasington State Community College were on a two-hour delay.

The 911 center dispatched officers to at least a half dozen accidents, including accidents on Interstate 77 about a mile from each other near the 183 mile marker on the northbound and southbound lanes.

Responders at around 7:30 a.m. Monday were called to Nicolette Road in front of the nursing home where a van was reportedly going over a hill. No injuries were reported.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a car on Wadesville Road struck a head stone. A car was in the median on U.S. 50.

Athens County issued a snow emergency Level 1 then 2. At 6 a.m., authorities announced Athens County government offices will be closed until 10 a.m. Monday because of the severe winter weather.

Temperatures were in the 40s by afternoon and much of the snow had melted away. The National Weather Service forecasts a high near 47 today and a good chance of rain in the evening and Wednesday.

No high water was reported to the 911 center in Wood County, Director Rick Woodyard said.

The Ohio River at Parkersburg, Willow Island and Belleville is forecast to crest at 7 a.m. today from 10 to 14 feet below flood stage.