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Tri-State ice storm closes schools

Weather a factor in fatal W.Va. accident

Weather a factor in fatal W.Va. accident

February 14, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- An ice storm that swept through the area late Tuesday into Wednesday closed local schools, and police in West Virginia believe icy road conditions contributed to a head-on collision Wednesday morning that left four men dead.

There was a mix of ice and snow on U.S. 340, and it was raining when a van collided head-on with a tractor-trailer near Chestnut Hill Road, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

No more precipitation is expected in the area until Sunday, forecasters said.

The high temperature today should reach 42 degrees, and there should be plenty of sunshine, according to Alan Reppert, an AccuWeather meteorologist.

Snow fell across the area Tuesday, with significant differences in accumulation across Washington County, said Luis Rosa, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

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Hancock received 4 1/2 inches of snow, and less than an inch of snow fell in the Sharpsburg area, Rosa said. Some areas of Franklin County, Pa., reported more than six inches of snow, he said.

A storm expected in the area Sunday and Monday should dump mostly rain, both forecasters said.

Several accidents Wednesday morning in Berkeley County, W.Va., were weather-related, but nothing too serious was reported, an emergency services dispatcher said.

Dispatchers in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania reported few weather-related problems Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg also responded to several accidents, but reported no serious injuries, a trooper said.

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