BUCKHANNON — The late-night snowstorm Garrett, experienced by most of north central West Virginia, wreaked havoc on motorists and first responders on Thursday into Friday morning.
Winter storm Garrett traveled north this week, bringing snow and ice to the East Coast. The snow began to clear by Friday afternoon, but brought wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour. Many parts of the state saw accumulation of over five inches of snow, while others saw well over a foot.
As many news outlets reported, Virginia motorists found themselves stranded for over 27 hours on the I-95 freeway Tuesday evening. Many travelers were without food and water for hours before multiple truck drivers received permission to share supplies they were delivering. After being stranded for so long, motorists were finally able to move off the roadway.
West Virginia counties saw snow arriving in the early afternoon on Thursday. Buckhannon saw the storm’s arrival around 2 p.m. and it did not take long for the snow to accumulate inch by inch in the first few hours. With the arrival of the storm, shelves were emptied and roads began to become scarce.
During the storm, counties across the state reported over 300 total accidents cause by snow and ice. Upshur County first responders received a total of 45 incidents from 4 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. Other counties, such as Marion, Harrison, Taylor and Monongalia, saw over 60 accidents. Barbour County reported many residents or travelers stranded, while Preston County had “too many to count” as stated by WDTV reports.
When winter storms occur like Garrett, traveling and the habits exhibited need to change. Making the decision to stay home can often be the safest. If traveling is a must, keep speeds slower and do not slam on the brakes. Travel with caution!