Blame it on the groundhog

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Who would have thought snow could come in so many different versions. There’s dusty snow, heavy wet snow and glassy slick snow. And since January, Lawrence County has had them all.

Commuters woke up this morning to a crunchy snow with sleet falling on it to make the roads washboard-like where the plows had been and just plain miserable on those yet to be touched.

While the snow was in full force by 5 a.m., law enforcement had only one accident to report in the early morning hours.

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A fender bender was reported at the intersection of Solida Road and North Kenova Boulevard around 6 a.m., an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

No accidents or road closures were reported in the city of Ironton or in the county.

“Nothing yet, but we’re expecting some,” a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

All county, city and parochial schools were closed, sending administrators into overdrive as they scramble to play catch up on work for preparing for the Ohio Graduation Test with an excessive number of school days already lost to the snowy weather.

Unfortunately, there is more of the same predicted for the rest of the week as the area goes through this low pressure system that is bringing all this wet white stuff.

“The front end of the system is sending warm air up over the cold air and eventually the warm air will win and transition to rain. That will last for another couple of hours,” Mark Pellerito, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said. “That low pressure system marches up the Ohio Valley today and reaches Ashland around 4 p.m. or so and by dinner time we will have colder air sweeping through.”

The rain that is coming this afternoon will switch back to snow this evening with an inch and a half more expected this evening and a couple more inches during Wednesday, Pellerito said.

“Temperatures aren’t going to get much higher than mid to upper 20s with wind gusts 30 to 40 miles per hour,” he said.