The first snow arrives

Amber Gillenwater

November 13, 2013

GALLIPOLIS — As residents of the Ohio Valley rose for work early on Tuesday morning, a blanket of snow covered vehicles, trees and hillsides in the first snowfall of the season — an unusual sight the day after Veterans Day as many of the trees in the area have yet to drop all of their yellow and orange leaves.

According to the Gallia County 911 Center, no power outages or downed power lines were reported to dispatchers on Tuesday morning as a result of the winter weather, while a minor injury crash, handled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, was reported on Ohio 7, south of Gallipolis near Clipper Mills. A second crash, involving a car and a school bus, that was carrying no students at the time, was reported at Second Avenue and Locust Street Tuesday morning. According to the Gallipolis Police Department, one individual claimed a minor injury following the crash, but was not transported to the hospital for medical attention. The driver of the car is reportedly being cited for a red light violation.

No other possible weather-related incidents were reported to the county 911 center as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

With the official start of winter more than a month away, this early snowfall might lead many to surmise that this year’s winter weather will prove to be harsh; however, the National Weather Service is predicting near or below normal precipitation and temperatures for December 2013 through February 2014.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a periodical that is viewed by many as a standard for weather prediction, winter will be colder and drier than normal this year, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in December, early January and early February, according to the Almanac, with the snowiest periods in early December and early March.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunny skies, with a high near 38. Wednesday night will prove to be clear with a low around 22. The next chance for precipitation, according to the National Weather Service, will be this Saturday night and into Sunday.