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Belpre resident Cooper Gilbert, 8, walks down the hill from Belpre Masonic Lodge 609 on Friday as Austin Braden, 9, watches. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG – Thursday night and early Friday morning snowstorm caused vehicle crashes and school closures around the Mid-Ohio Valley, and left heavy snowfall in its wake.

A crash involved a West Virginia Highway Division salt truck slipping on an embankment in the Walker and Volcano Road area in Walker and overturning. No information on the driver and the extent of his injuries was immediately available.

However, Jared Evans, an assistant engineer for District 3 of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said the driver “asking someone for help” after the sinking.

He also said that salt trucks are very heavy and can cause a whiplash effect when the truck rolls over.

Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard said there had been 94 calls, 25 of which were traffic accidents, in the 24-hour period since the storm hit Thursday afternoon and that ‘there had been no reports of serious injuries.

Belpre resident Austin Braden, 9, slowly descends the hill from Belpre Masonic Lodge 609 on Friday. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Washington County Sheriff Larry R. Mincks said there were 12 covered by his department.

Thursday night he raised the snow emergency to level 2 which means the roads are dangerous with blowing snow and blowing snow and people are advised to stay off the roads unless they absolutely have to. to drive. It has returned to level 1, which means the roads are dangerous with blowing snow and ice on Friday morning.

According to Marietta Police dispatcher Kevin Burns, there were no accidents on Friday and the last accident they responded to was at 5:44 p.m. on Thursday.

Winter conditions caused problems in the Mid-Ohio Valley Thursday night, with Roane County Emergency Management posting on its Facebook page at 7:19 p.m. that there had been at least 30 accidents since snow began to fall.

“The roads are horrible. Stay at home or stay where you are ”, said the post. “Our resources are exhausted.”

Belpre residents Cooper Gilbert, left, and Austin Braden walk up the hill to Belpre Masonic Lodge 609, where they were sledding Friday afternoon. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The Sheriff’s Department declared Calhoun County roads closed around 5 p.m. Thursday, said Julie Sears, director of 911 and emergency management for the county.

“That’s when he really put it down faster than they could follow him” she said. “We had 18 vehicles in the ditch last night (during) the height of the coming storm.”

Sears praised the efforts of West Virginia Division of Highways employees to keep the roads clear and said some gas stations stayed open later so first responders could refuel.

“At one point, our three fire departments were about to pull people out of the ditches,” she said.

No injuries or serious damage were reported, Sears said.

Belpre resident Austin Braden, 9, walks down the hill from Belpre Masonic Lodge 609 on Friday afternoon. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The National Weather Service’s forecast for Parkersburg is sunny on Saturday, with a high temperature of 41 degrees.

On Saturday night, there is a 90% chance of freezing rain changing to rain with a low of about 31 degrees, and 90% chance of rain on Sunday, with a high of 44 degrees.

On Sunday evening, the rain stopped and the sky became partly cloudy, with a low of 19 degrees.

Journalist Evan Bevins contributed to this story.

Larry Launstein Jr. can be contacted at [email protected]

Belpre resident Cooper Gilbert, 8, lugs an inner tube up the hill at Belpre Masonic Lodge 609, where he was sledding with friends on Friday afternoon. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

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Snowfall totals in the Ohio Valley

* Arnoldsburg – 6.5 inches

* Belpré – 3.6

* Mariette – 2

Parker Seebaugh, 7, a resident of Belpre, fades into an inner tube on the hill behind Belpre Masonic Lodge 609 on Friday. Schools in Belpre were among many schools closed on Friday after heavy snowfall on Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

* Mineral well – 4.5

* Parkersburg – 2.9

* Ravenswood – 4

* Spencer – 7

* Williamstown – 2.5

Source: National Weather Service, Charleston.

Melissa Falls shared this photo of a snow-capped Liberty Hill (US 33 / West Virginia 119), where five vehicles were stranded at one point Thursday night. (Photo provided)

Melissa Falls shared this photo of a snow-capped Liberty Hill (US 33 / West Virginia 119), where five vehicles were stranded at one point Thursday night. (Photo provided)

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