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Sunday predicted to bring a break from the ice

The Morgantown area once again received heavy snow showers Wednesday night, resulting in several car accidents and motorist assist calls in Monongalia County Thursday.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker, Morgantown should expect snow showers and low temperatures to continue into today, with a temperature drop into the mid-teens this evening.

Walker said Saturday will be cold and bring some precipitation as well, with temperatures in the low- to mid-20s and snow flurries across the area.

However, Walker said there should be a break from the frigid weather Sunday, when temperatures are predicted to reach the high-30s and even the low-40s in some areas.

Walker said the City of Morgantown in Monongalia County has received approximately 9.7 inches of snow so far this month, while Preston County has received between 8 and 10 inches.

Walker was unable to speak to whether the snowfall accumulation these areas have seen so far this year is unusual. According to, February is the snowiest month for the Morgantown area, with an average of about 7 inches during a three-week period.

As of 1:07 p.m. Thursday, MECCA 911 had responded to nine car accidents, Assistant 911 Director Brad Wilson said.

Wilson said most of the accidents occurred on interstates and none resulted in serious injuries.

The Morgantown Police Department saw far fewer accidents than those reported by MECCA 911.

“Since midnight, the MPD responded to one accident at 10:59 a.m. [Thursday] morning on Koontz Avenue,” said Communications Director Andrew Stacy.

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office responded to one accident and five motorist assist calls, though none of those incidents occurred after 11 a.m. Thursday, Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement Mark Rolston said. Rolston said neither the accident nor any of the motorist assist calls were serious.

Rolston said motorist assist calls are often made when a vehicle is stuck on a hill or in a ditch.

Police Chief Craig Corkrean said Granville Police did not respond to any accidents in the area.

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Tessa Young, left, and Margo Wheeler make the most of the five inches of snow the area received overnight by riding sleds on Jefferson Street in South Park.