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More snow coming

December 29, 2012
By Anna Patrick - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The National Weather Service has placed Randolph and Tucker counties under a winter weather advisory for part of today, predicting that higher elevations may receive 4 to 6 inches of snowfall.

David Marsalek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said snowfall was expected to begin Friday night and predicted to continue throughout today with light snow flurries wrapping up the storm on Sunday.

Since snowfall is dependent on elevation, towns located in higher elevations in Tucker and Randolph can expect greater snowfall, receiving a maximum of 6 inches, he said. Areas in lower elevations, including Elkins, can expect anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snowfall, he said.

Moran said a winter weather advisory is the lowest level of warning issued by the National Weather Service and he advises residents in the area to travel cautiously on roadways during and after the storm.

District 8 Engineer for Division of Highways Mike Moran said 4 to 6 inches of snowfall is "pretty routine" for DOH crews.

"Of course this time of year we go into snow removal and ice control mode," Moran said. All of the DOH crews are split in shifts to ensure that treatment of roadways will be done on a continual basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week as needed.

With the snow and ice storm on Wednesday and Thursday, Moran said crews worked continuously to treat roadways on a priority basis. When snowfall hits the region, again, Moran said the primary roadways including U.S. Rt. 33, Rt. 219 and Corridor H will receive crews' primary attention with major secondary roadways second on the priority list.

Moran said falling in the third priority category are residential roadways that are mainly dead-ends. Roadways used strictly for recreational use falls in the fourth, and final, priority category.

Since Friday's weather was sunny and serene for most of the day, Moran said DOH crews were able to catch a break to work on snow removal equipment before Friday evening's storm hit. He said overall DOH crews have a "really good equipment fleet" that has all been purchased somewhat recently.

He also ensured that all DOH county locations have large stockpiles of the materials used to treat the roadways.

Elkins Street Department Supervisor Rodney Nutter said city employees inspected all of their seven plows Friday morning to prepare for more snowfall.

"We haven't had much problems," Nutter said, adding that he is prepared, but not too concerned, about the snowfall expected for Friday and today.



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