PARKERSBURG - As weather experts with the National Weather Service in Charleston predicted, snow did flurry through the area Tuesday morning to mark the start of Christmas Eve.
On Monday, Meteorolist Tim Axford said flurries would hit the Mid-Ohio Valley with little to no accumulation to give the area no chance of a white Christmas.
Despite the weather prediction, drivers and road crews were not prepared Tuesday for the slick road and street conditions caused by the below freezing temperatures and the precipitation led to a number of accidents, said Wood County 911 supervisor Tommy Dotson.
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An accident at the corner of Seventh and Avery streets Tuesday morning was one of more than 20 minor collisions and single-vehicle accidents after snow flurries caused roads to become slick, an official with the Wood County 911 Center said.
"I wasn't expecting the accidents, so I'm sure the (West Virginia) Department of Highways didn't either," Dotson said.
Between 7 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, during the morning work commute, the 911 Center fielded more than 20 accident reports to local law enforcement officials. The accidents occurred around the county and on all manner of roadways, including city roads, state highways and Interstate 77.
"It was very busy this morning because there were so many bad spots on the roads," Dotson said. "Luckily all of them were minor."
The majority of the accidents involved single vehicles, although there were a small number of two-vehicle collisions where one slid into the other.
Many of the officers who arrived to the scenes early requested backup mostly to direct traffic as the vehicle that slid off the roadway was moved back to the pavement.
First responders to the scene of many of these accidents advised those who followed them to be cautious in order to avoid wrecks involving emergency personnel.
Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a sport-utility vehicle clipped a utility pole on Grand Central Avenue in front of Wal-Mart. At the time, responders advised the turning lane into the shopping complex was "really slick."
Because most people were driving slowly for the road conditions there were no injuries, Dotson added.
Although there was snow Tuesday, no more precipitation is expected until Thursday, when there is a 20 percent chance, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.