Wintry weather wallops the Ohio Valley

Winter wallop

T-L Photos/SHELLEY HANSON A woman can barely be seen walking on Fourth Street in Martins Ferry through the snowflakes during Monday’s winter storm.

MARTINS FERRY — Before the weather warms later this week, Mother Nature decided to provide Ohio Valley residents with a winter wallop, dropping several inches of snow across the region Monday morning.

The forecast called for 1-3 inches, but it appeared much more came down in a short amount of time. Most local school districts decided to cancel classes, and the conditions also caused some vehicle accidents in the area. For example, a car overturned on Interstate 70 near the Wheeling Island exit. Firefighters had to work to free a woman from the vehicle.

Ohio 7 near Martins Ferry also was the site of a minor accident involving one


Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Greg McCutcheon said troopers responded to about six different crashes Monday morning, but none caused much damage to vehicles or injury to the motorists.

Dan Stephens, owner of the State Farm insurance agency on Hanover Street in Martins Ferry, shovels snow off his sidewalk on Monday.

“I don’t think anyone was transported,” McCutcheon said.

He noted that despite the snowy conditions, the resulting traffic issues were not as bad as they could have been. The accidents were “spread out” with some on Interstates 70 and 470, Ohio 9 and Ohio 149 and a couple township roads.

Meanwhile, many business owners in Martins Ferry struggled to keep up with the amount of snow that needed plowed and shoveled off their sidewalks and parking lots. The snow didn’t appear to deter Fourth Street shoppers from getting the goods they needed; it also didn’t stop those who needed to catch a bus downtown.

The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department issued a Level 1 snow emergency for the county’s roads Monday.

“A level one snow emergency means that roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy and drivers are warned to be cautious,” according to the department.

Today’s forecast, according to the National Weather Service, calls for some sun and a high temperature of 37 degrees.