The Times West Virginian

February 14, 2014

County students taking advantage of all the snow days: PHOTOS

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — With yet another winter storm dropping several inches of snow on the area, many residents spent their Thursday shoveling and plowing their way through the roads.

For schools in Marion County, Thursday was another snow day to add to the several other weather-related days off this year.

County students have had 15 days of instruction over the past 29 days that were scheduled for instruction. The last time students were in school for a full week was before Christmas break in December.

Students in Marion County are taking advantage of all the snow days and enjoying the snow while it lasts.

Adrianna Constable, a senior at Fairmont Senior High School, said she loves the snowstorms that have passed through the area in January and February.

“I don’t like being in the house,” she said. “I love going outside and enjoying the snow and doing something other than staying inside.”

Constable said she spends her snow days doing everything from building igloos to making snowmen. She wakes up early even though she doesn’t have to go to school.

“(Thursday) I woke up at 8:30 a.m.,” Constable said. “I don’t like sleeping in or just sleeping my day away.”

 Unlike many residents, she likes the amount of snow Marion County has seen this winter. One of the reasons Constable is enjoying these winter storms is because during Christmastime there wasn’t a lot of snow.

“I’m really enjoying the snow now,” she said.

Brandon Ralston, a junior at FSHS, said he also likes taking advantage of snow days. He said he uses them to be productive; like Constable, he starts his day around 8 a.m., but he starts by shoveling snow from driveways in his neighborhood. If he has homework, he works on that.

If the weather isn’t too bad, Ralston heads to East-West Stadium and practices lacrosse — even with several inches of snow on the field.

“I’ll go over to the stadium and shoot for about two hours,” he said. “Sometimes it gets frustrating because I’ll lose my lacrosse ball in the snow a lot.”

Because he is on the swim team at FSHS, he also spends his snow days working out at the gym or swimming to stay in shape.

 When school is canceled, athletic events including practices are also canceled. Ralston said he hopes the snow stops soon so the swim team can practice. Plus, he wants to go back to school.

“I don’t want any more snow days so I don’t get behind in school,” Ralston said. “But they’re nice sometimes.”

According to Allan Reppert, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com, Thursday’s storm dropped about 5 1/2 inches of snow in Fairmont. Before Thursday’s storm, Reppert said 39 1/2 inches of snow had fallen in North Central West Virginia this winter.

Reppert said tonight will bring another winter storm.

“It looks like there will be an inch or two with that snowstorm,” he said.

Reppert said this year has brought more winter weather than the area saw last year.

“This winter is much snowier, and it’s a much colder winter also,” he said.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.