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February 4, 2014

Area recovers from latest snowstorm: PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — Yet another winter storm has left the area digging itself out of the snow.

Fairmont was hit with 8 inches after a snowstorm Sunday night into late Monday  morning, and Morgantown saw 10 inches, said Brian Edwards of AccuWeather.

So far, 37.2 inches of snow have fallen in the area, which is more than usual.

The average snowfall for the entire season is 27.6 inches, Edwards reported.

The inclement weather caused activities to be canceled or postponed.

The Mannington City Council meeting was postponed Monday due to the weather, along with Fairmont State men’s and women’s basketball games against Glenville State, and three area high school basketball games.

Marion County schools were closed Monday and will remain closed today.

The Marion County Board of Education was set to hold a special public meeting for input on the 2014-15 school calendar Monday evening, but it was postponed until further notice.

The regular Board of Education meeting, which was supposed to directly follow the special meeting, is rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the central office.  

West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and Pierpont Community and Technical College also canceled classes Monday.

WVU canceled classes starting before 10 a.m. today, according to WVUToday.

Fairmont State and Pierpont will operate normally today, said Amy Pellegrin, FSU’s Director of Marketing and Branding.

The first meeting of the February term of the Marion County Circuit Court was held Monday despite the inclement weather.

Deputies were dispatched to pick jurors up if they couldn’t make it to avoid canceling, said Marion County Commissioner Butch Tennant.

MECCA 911 reported 14 vehicle accidents Monday, not counting drivers who ran into ditches or off the road.

Northbound lanes on I-79 were closed for one to two hours yesterday after tractor trailers and other vehicles got stuck in the snow on the way up a hill. There were also accidents reported on the stretch.

AccuWeather predicts more precipitation throughout the rest of the week.

Today should be mild and mostly cloudy, Edwards said, with a high of 38 degrees. A storm is expected to bring in a mix of freezing rain and rain Wednesday night, but snow is not expected because temperatures should remain in the 30s.

A flood watch is in effect tonight into Wednesday morning, caused by continuing rain and a possibility for snow showers mid-day. However, AccuWeather does not expect accumulation.

The rest of the week looks dry, Edwards said, but temperatures will be lower. Thursday’s high will be 25 degrees.

Winter weather is back in the forecast over the weekend, though.

A storm is possible Saturday night into Sunday, which is expected to bring in snow or a wintry mix of freezing rain.

The Town of Monongah’s two trainings originally planned for Monday have been rescheduled because of the inclement weather.

The class on “Robert’s Rules of Order” will now take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the town hall, and is open to any elected officials and members of the public interested in learning the rules for how meetings are run.

Also on March 3, a seminar will be held for the town’s employees on the topic of sexual harassment.

John Sorrenti, training specialist for the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, will lead both sessions.

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