Heavy wet snow blankets the area

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents woke up this morning to a blanket of heavy wet snow that was melting as temperatures continue to slowly climb into the mid 30s today.

John Branley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon Township, said this morning the area received between 2 and 3 inches of snow over night.

“The snow started falling on your area at around 7 p.m. But the ground temperature at that point was 40 degrees so everything that fell early quickly melted. By the time the heavy snow fell between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., the ground was colder and that’s when it began to stick,” explained Branley.

“The snow was tapering off around 7 a.m., so we can expect flurries and snow showers today,” he added.

The National Weather Service canceled its winter storm warning originally set to continue until 11 a.m. but announced a weather advisory was in effect until 2 p.m. today.

“Temperatures will be in the mid 30s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we should see some warming to the upper 40s by Friday and low 50s into the weekend,” said Branley.

“But, we have to remember snow is still a possibility as we move into April. We saw 7.7 inches of snow fall in the Ohio Valley on April 3, 1987. So it is still a possibility,” warned Branley.

Steubenville Street Superintendent Bob Baird said city street crews started clearing the snow at 11 p.m. Sunday.

“It came down fairly quickly overnight and that kept the guys busy. But the streets were pretty much just wet with a little bit of snow slush in some areas as the sun came up today,” said Baird.

That was also the case on state roads this morning in Ohio.

“We started working Sunday afternoon preparing for the snow and pre-treated some roadways before the snow started falling. We had 12 trucks working over night and will continue that schedule today. Our state highways are mainly wet with a little slush in places,” reported Hugh Sutherin, a transportation manager at the Wintersville Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Wintersville.

Weirton Public Works Director John Brown said streets in that community were, “in very good shape.

“We didn’t get hit as hard as the forecasts were saying we would. But, we had a night turn crew working and held them over to continue cleanup efforts today. We also try to work with the sanitation scheduled to make sure those routes are cleaned for our trucks. We will continue cleaning up the streets this week,” said Brown.

“Everything worked out for us and we are in good shape this morning. Hopefully we can take the plows off soon and start getting our trucks ready for spring cleanup,” noted Brown.