Sage groundhog Panxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Feb. 2 of six more weeks of winter has proven to be correct thus far.
The snow covering the area received over the Feb. 3-4 weekend was coated with an ice coat of a quarter inch or more last Wednesday, Feb. 7, bringing many activities to a halt.
To add insult to injury, electric service was out for many in the area due to ice on trees and power lines. AEP service was out in Barnesville, Bethesda and Belmont for much of the day. Power in downtown Barnesville went out about 9:45 and came back on four hours later. AEP reported 6,100 affected customers at its peak.
A social media report noted Route 9 between Warnock and St. Clairsville was closed due to power lines across the road.
South Central Power reported crews were working to restore power to 7,173 members without power, with 99 separate outages in 14 counties. Mid-day, most members without power were in Belmont and Hocking counties.
Belmont County was under a level two snow emergency. A level two snow emergency means that roads are hazardous. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should do so.
As expected, schools were closed Wednesday and remained closed Thursday as well.