The new year’s first winter storm delivered on forecasts, dropping five to eight inches of snow across Morgan County on Saturday, January 6. Snow began after daylight and fell steadily throughout the day, closing businesses early and presenting a challenge to the Division of Highways as they cleared primary and secondary roads. Warmer temperatures aided in clearing the snow overnight and residents woke to slushy, heavy piles on Sunday as the mercury rose to near 50 degrees.
Morgan County Schools operated on a two-hour delay on Monday morning, anticipating slick surfaces from a possible overnight freeze.
Some wished that delay had been on repeat on Tuesday morning, as predicted early morning snow coated county roadways by 7:30 a.m. Forecasts called for snow to turn to rain later in the day, with temperatures headed for the high 50s. On Tuesday morning, snow plows and shovels were busy throughout Berkeley Springs, trying to keep up with flakes as the work day began.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Wednesday for the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers, given the snow melt and expected rain.