The Times West Virginian

February 3, 2013

Residents cautious as snow hits area

Few accidents reported in county

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Whenever the weather gets bad, emergency services batten down the hatches and prepare for an onslaught of calls.

On Saturday, the 911 Dispatch Center in Marion County was braced for a winter storm expected to turn the roads to slush and ice.

But though road conditions Saturday evening were iffy in many parts of the county, motorists were cautious. Many stayed home rather than brave the slick roads.

And the county saw fewer traffic accidents than some days with a shining sun and dry roads.

“We have a full staff and people on standby,” a dispatch supervisor told the Times West Virginian. “We always make sure that we overstaff when we know the storms are coming.”

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