Heavy Overnight Snow Causing Road Problems and Power Outages Across Area

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 Heavy bands of overnight snow have caused a mess for drivers and power outages in a couple West Virginia counties early Thursday morning

Schools across the Ohio Valley are closed, as well as a number of other organizations. The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Wheeling Health Right, House of the Carpenter and the Ohio Valley Christian Home Educators Co-Op are all closed Thursday, as well. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank is canceling its distribution at Union Local High School for Thursday.

900 AEP customers are without power in Ohio and Marshall counties, WV. AEP says most of the outages are in Marshall County and restoration times will vary. In Cameron, power is expected to be restored late afternoon to early evening Thursday. Crews were also working on outages in Triadelphia and Middle Creek. They say the outages are due to the weather.

The Ohio County Magistrate Court is also closed for Thursday due to weather. The information helpline is also closed.

As of 7:00 a.m., Belmont, Monroe and Noble Counties remain under a level two snow emergency. A level two snow emergency means roads are icy, with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to travel should do so during this time. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office had reported numerous accidents early Thursday.

Wheeling Police are also urging drivers to stay off of the roads, unless they feel it is necessary to travel.

The snow should taper off by the early afternoon hours. A few flurries are possible the rest of the day.

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