UPDATE: Crews continue to treat area roads, but conditions are improved, officials say
UPDATE: 2/11/20 12:30 P.M.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Authorities across the Mid-Ohio Valley reported only a few minor wrecks early Thursday as crews continued to plow and treat roads across the region.
In Wood County, 911 officials and Sheriff Steve Stephens said there had only been a handful of minor wrecks since about 6 a.m. That’s an improvement from late Wednesday afternoon when a mixture of snow and ice caused road conditions to worsen. Stephens said deputies responded to nearly a dozen crash reports between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, but there were no serious injuries.
Law-enforcement officials in Vienna and Williamstown reported improved driving conditions Thursday morning, with no serious wrecks or injures since late Wednesday afternoon.
“The roads are looking pretty decent now,” Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said Thursday morning.
It was a different story Wednesday evening, he said, as officers officers responded to about half-dozen wrecks between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
In Washington County, Sheriff Larry Mincks said a Level 2 snow emergency remained in effect Thursday morning as many roads remained snow-covered and slippery. He reported only a few fender benders as state, county and township crews continued to plow and treat roads across the region.
Marietta Police Capt. Aaron Nedeff said conditions in the city had improved since Wednesday afternoon, but added that “roads are a little sloppy this morning.”
A spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Marietta also reported improved conditions Thursday morning, but cautioned that state routes and interstates remained wet.
Meanwhile, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Ashley Rittenhouse, public-information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office in Marietta, said the district had 104 crews plowing and treating roads with salt and brine across the region, including 18 in Washington County.
ODOT officials are continuing to monitor weather conditions and forecasts, Rittenhouse said, adding that crews will work around the clock as long as is needed.
Rittenhouse said one of the district’s snow plows was involved in a crash with another vehicle Wednesday night in Hocking County, but no one was injured. She said it’s the third time in the last two weeks than an ODOT plow that has been hit in the state. It serves as yet another reminder for drivers to slow down and give road crews plenty of room to do their work, she said.
If you’re planning a trip in Ohio, Rittenhouse said you can monitor traffic cameras at www.ohgo.com, including two that are in Washington County.
In West Virginia, you can go to www.wv511.org to monitor traffic cameras and road conditions across the state.
UPDATE: 2/10/20 11:15 P.M.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said recently that they were seeing a decrease in calls after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Wood County dispatchers said they weren’t seeing very many wrecks either, likely because many people started to stay home.
Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said he wasn’t aware of any additional wrecks in the city. He said earlier in the night there were about 10 total.
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said there were roughly a dozen small wrecks reported in his jurisdiction between 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
He said none of them were serious.
Wood County dispatchers said around 9:30 p.m. that things have remained mostly calm. A supervisor said people seem to be staying off the roads.
You can read more about how road conditions have been throughout Wednesday night below.
UPDATE: 2/12/20 8:30 P.M.
Most area law enforcement agencies are reporting a decrease in wrecks Wednesday evening as more people stay indoors. Dispatchers at the Wood County 911 Center said there were no active calls around 8:15 p.m.
Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said shortly after that the city has seen 10 wrecks so far, but none of them were serious.
Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said there have only been a handful of minor wrecks in Vienna, but road conditions are poor. He said Rosemar Road was in especially bad condition when he was out around 6 p.m.
Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said they had been busy with wrecks, but nothing serious.
With the snow still falling, road crews are hard at work. Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation are asking for patience as their plows move through the area.
Just north of the Mid-Ohio Valley, an ODOT District 10 truck was struck by another vehicle in Hocking County. Officials say no life threatening injuries were reported, but this is the third time in less than two weeks a plow has been hit. They ask that drivers give the plows plenty of room on the road.
Multiple area schools are either moving to remote learning or cancelling outright for Thursday due to the inclement weather. So far, at least Belpre City Schools has closed and at least Pleasants County Schools and Wood County Schools have moved to virtual learning. You can find more information on school closings here.
Numerous wrecks are being reported across Wood County Wednesday afternoon as weather conditions deteriorate and snow begins to coverage local roads.
Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said there are “wrecks everywhere,” including at least two crashes that have been reported on Interstate 77.
A Wood County 911 Center dispatcher said the worst areas appear to be along Emerson Avenue, Rosemar Road and Lakeview Drive.
Crews also responded to a single-vehicle crash with a vehicle on its top at Route 95 and Elder Street in Parkersburg.
No serious injuries have been reported, and most of the wrecks have involved vehicles sliding into each other or sliding into the ditch, the dispatcher said.
In Washington County, Sheriff Larry Mincks reported major problems on the county’s roads.
We’ll have updates online and during WTAP News at 10 and 11.
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