MORGANTOWN — Tuesday morning’s snowfall not unexpectedly introduced car accidents with it.
Monongalia County Emergency Administration Company (MECCA) Assistant Director Brad Wilson stated 27 accidents with out damage and 6 with damage have been reported. Among the many damage accidents was one on Interstate 79 between Westover and Star Metropolis. Whereas social media posts speculated that this accident resulted in a fatality, MECCA had no data of that being the case.
The storm additionally led, he stated, to 13 requires motorist assists — for things like automobiles caught in ditches or on the icy roads, he stated.
As typically occurs, he stated, the storm got here in so rapidly and the temperatures have been so low — simply above 20 levels — that as quickly as automobiles hit the street and melted that dusting of snow, it froze. The site visitors backups meant Division of Highways salt vans couldn’t get out to deal with the roads.
Tuesday’s temperature vary — a excessive of 31 within the daytime, low of 18 at night time, based on AccuWeather — was effectively beneath the typical of 48/29 and even decrease than final yr’s vary on this date of 51/42. The document excessive was 80, in 1998; the document low was 7, in 1930.
Regionally, Tuesday’s chilly snap was only a temporary winter go to, based on AccuWeather. Wednesday is predicted to be breezy and never as chilly with low clouds, and a excessive of 41 (“actual really feel” of 30) and low of 28 at night time (feeling like 25).
Thursday will see a mixture of clouds and solar with a excessive of 54 and low of 40. Friday brings some rain, and a excessive of 47 and low of 41. Saturday is cloudy, with temperatures starting from 58 to 45. And Sunday is cloudy with some showers, a excessive of 55 and chilly climate creeping again down, falling to 29.
Regionally, AccuWeather reported that chilly air from Canada is paying a go to. The primary main blast of chilly air will proceed to settle into the East into Wednesday and won’t solely be answerable for among the lowest temperatures to this point but additionally among the first freezes of the season for areas which were holding out.
Whereas the air coming in won’t be record-breaking, AccuWeather stated, will probably be a little bit of a shock as the primary chilly waves of the season typically are. Temperatures will run 10-20 levels beneath the historic common for late November, making it really feel extra like late December or January by way of nighttime lows.
Throughout the second half of the week, the temperature development will reverse and get better to close the historic common over a lot of the japanese third of the nation, AccuWeather stated.