CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Ice and snow made for a treacherous mix on roads throughout north central West Virginia, creating what one emergency official called “a driving nightmare” Monday morning.

“We had the rain (Sunday) and then the ice pellets overnight,” said Paul Bump, director of Harrison County’s Office of Emergency Management. “So you’ve got this crunchy layer of ice underneath 5 or 6 or 7 inches of snow,” he said.

Despite the slippery conditions, intrepid motorists gave it a shot nevertheless. Many weren’t successful.

“Tractor trailers on the four-lanes are getting stuck. Cars are spinning everywhere,” said Bump. “It’s just been an interesting morning.”

The calls started to come in to the Harrison County 911 Center fast and furious about daybreak when most people were hitting the road for the morning commute and when another band of heavy snow showers moved in.

The stretch from Fairmont and Morgantown was hit hard Monday morning and more than 7 inches of snow had piled up in Marion County by 8 a.m. West Virginia University canceled classes because of the weather.

Bump stressed anyone who didn’t have to be out of the roads should stay home. But he said there’s always those drivers who have more confidence than they should.

“Just because you have a four-wheel drive and can get going real fast you cannot stop fast in this stuff. That tends to be what the issues are,” he said.

By 10 a.m. the snow had slackened, but Bump said tow truck drivers had a long road ahead tugging cars and trucks out of ditches and hauling wrecked vehicles to repair shops.

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  • JKH

    We drove from Buckhannon to Clarksburg early Monday. A normal 40-minute trip took an hour and a half. Only saw one snowplow, and that was not until we reached Meadowbrook Mall exit. Deplorable conditions. Poor planning & execution on DOH's part, given that forecasters predicted this storm days ahead.

    • WV Worker

      You did make it to Clarksburg so what are you complaining about. If you were in Georgia you would still be on the road.

  • dodge

    maybe tow truck drivers can teach drivers ed.

  • Medman

    Neighbor who works for the state road tells me that all of the good truck drivers left for the fracking companies and they do not have anyone to drive the snow plows.

    • The truth

      Would you want to work for 10.10 an hour and have the politicians act like its wonderful when they grant a so called raise every four years. I say good for them for going to jobs that pay well.

  • I'm honest at least

    In Preston county the roads would have had to have been plowed this a.m. in order to find the ice under it.... F is the grade for DOH this storm...

  • Mr Bullsnip

    This is the worst kind of snow to try and drive in.

  • Lisa

    Misspelling in headline....

    • Lisa

      Thanks...looks better!