Rain & freezing temps close schools, courthouse

A winter storm that’s been moving across the U.S. has arrived in our area, bringing rain that’s turned to ice on Thursday morning. Anticipating the weather system, Morgan County Schools alerted families on Wednesday evening that students will be having a “non-traditional instructional day” at home, and the Morgan County Courthouse closed for the day out of “an abundance of caution.”

The National Weather Service has been warning of ice-related troubles associated with this storm, including downed trees and power outages as a result. Residents are warned not to travel if ice becomes an issue on the roads.

At the state Division of Highways office¬†in¬†Berkeley Springs on Thursday, road officials said the condition of county roadways wasn’t an issue so far, but downed trees are widespread.

“Trees are down everywhere…south, east, north and west,” they said. Road crews have been called in every direction to remove obstructions so residents and emergency vehicles can pass.

As of nearly noon, there were no widespread power outages in Morgan County, according to the Potomac Edison power outage map.

Pine trees down across a private driveway in eastern Morgan County.
Ice on a fence on Thursday morning.
Ice-covered pine trees along Mesner Road on Thursday morning.
Ice hangs off an eagle decoration along Waugh Road on Thursday, December 15.