Steubenville - Severe Weather Update

Emergency Shelter Set Up – Level 3 Emergency Remains In Effect For Jefferson County

POSTED: 4:55 am EST February 14, 2007
UPDATED: 6:40 am EST February 14, 2007
6 a.m. Update From The NEWS9 Newsroom

The winter storm that arrived late Monday night and into Tuesday morning is having a major impact on the Ohio Valley. Freezing rain continued Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, making the morning commute tricky for drivers.

Jefferson County remains under a Level 3 emergency and only emergency vehicles should be on the roads. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said you can be arrested if you drive on local roads. Wednesday morning, the sheriff's department said employees are allowed to travel to work if they need to. The Level 3 emergency was issued around 5 p.m. Monday, because of the road conditions throughout the county.

Belmont and Carroll counties remain under a Level 2 emergency, meaning roadways are hazardous and people should only drive if they feel it is necessary.

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Hundreds of power outages have been reported throughout the valley. American Electric Power has crews out working to get the power restored. An estimated time for restoration is unknown.
Many of the power outages are in Brooke County. AEP reports about 1,500 customers without power. The county emergency operations center has actived an emergency shelter in Follansbee Field house. If you need emergency assistance you can contact the sheriff’s office at (304)737-3660.

More than 100 schools have canceled class for Wednesday, because of the weather.

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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 1 p.m. Wednesday for areas in the Ohio Valley north of Interstate 70. A Winter Storm Warning scheduled until 6 p.m. Wednesday has been canceled.

From WTOV news, for family update purposes only.

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