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Winter storm blankets Mid-Ohio Valley in powder

Multiple schools, businesses closed today for weather

A truck from the city of Belpre plows snow on George Street Monday morning. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — The streets and roads of the Mid-Ohio Valley were full of snow and ice Monday following a major winter storm which dumped several inches of snow Sunday evening and early Monday.

Wood County Administrator Marty Seufer announced Monday evening that county offices will be closed today.

While Monday was a holiday, the snowfall also caused many schools in the area to close today.

However, the snow stopped falling Monday afternoon and road crews were getting caught up on their snow removal. But in some places, they still had a ways to go.

Ashley Rittenhouse, the public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation in Marietta, said roads were expected to be done by Monday night. She said that crews came into work on Sunday and continued working overnight and into Monday.

Cutler resident Sam Bennett runs a snow blower Monday at a family member’s house on Rockland Avenue in Belpre. Bennett said he stayed with family to have a better chance of making it to work Monday morning but his employer closed because of the road conditions. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Rittenhouse also offered advice for drivers, “People should stay home if they can. Just be careful when you go out.”

Spencer Mayor Terry Williams said they were catching up, but ice will be an issue for another two to three days.

He said he was very thankful about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for allowing his crews to get caught up.

“It was a good day. A holiday. That helps,” Williams said.

According to the Washington County website, the county was still under a Level 2 snow emergency on Monday after Sheriff Larry Mincks posted it on Sunday.

According to West Virginia University Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center or WVU Medicine Facebook, these are closed today:

¯ Orthopedics

¯ Podiatry

¯ Physical Therapy

¯ Belpre Primary Care

¯ UHA Belpre – Dr. McDougal

¯ Cornerstone Primary Care

¯ Division Street Primary Care

¯ Rheumatology

¯ Urology

¯ Marietta Urgent Care

¯ UHA Neurology

¯ Dr. Irvin OB/GYN

¯ Dr. Casaleunovo OBGYN

¯ UHA St. Marys

¯ Health & Wellness Center

In Marietta, school superintendent William Hampton said they got 9 inches Sunday and Monday. They will be closed today.

He said the roads were still very rough, and slick. Hampton also expressed concern for the safety of teenagers who drive to and from school.

Other schools in West Virginia that are closed today are:

¯ Wetzel County

¯ Jackson County

¯ Doddridge County

¯ Pleasants County

¯ Wood County – 261-day contracted employees on two-hour delay

¯ Tyler County

¯ Calhoun County

¯ Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School

¯ Parkersburg Catholic High School

¯ Roane County Schools

¯ Wood County Christian School

Ritchie and Wirt County Schools are doing non-traditional learning today.

Districts in Ohio closing schools today include:

¯ Belpre

¯ Belpre Christian

¯ Washington County Career Center-High School

¯ Meigs Local Schools

¯ Ewing School

¯ Southern Local Schools

¯ Eastern Local Schools

¯ Noble Local Schools

¯ Wolf Creek

¯ Switzerland of Ohio Schools

¯ St. Mary Catholic School

Warren Local School District is doing non-traditional learning today. Fort Frye is closed for teacher professional development.

The Artisan School of Cosmetology will be closed today, as will many day cares, pre-school, organizations and businesses.

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