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December 22, 2012

Snow marks start of winter

Numerous accidents are reported in county

FAIRMONT — Much of West Virginia saw snow fall on the first day of winter, while blizzard conditions were possible in some areas late Friday.

Nearly three dozen counties were under a winter weather advisory. The National Weather Service says snow could continue through early Saturday in the state’s eastern mountains.

Starting around 4:30 p.m., Marion County 911 reported nearly 30 traffic accidents and disabled vehicles as of press time. Supervisors at the 911 call center said that none of the accidents were particularly serious.

The majority of accidents were reported along Route 250, particularly in and around Rachel, Cleveland Avenue and Barrackville; Manley Chapel Road, where a pileup had multiple cars in the ditch; in White Hall, especially around the Middletown Mall and Walmart; and in Helens Run, where a tractor trailer spun sideways, blocking the road.

Officials said that many of the accidents took place before the Division of Highways had time to treat and plow the roads. When the roads are bad, they recommended waiting before leaving work, home or a shopping center to give road crews time to mobilize and clear the road.

Extreme caution is always recommended when roads are potentially icy.

Five inches of snow were reported in the Monongahela National Forest in Randolph County by mid-afternoon Friday, 3 inches had fallen at Snowshoe Mountain Resort and 2 inches were on the ground in Summersville and Point Pleasant.

Utility and road crews have been preparing for the storm, which brought high winds and flurries on Friday morning.


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