Warmer weather follows snow, polar vortex

February 2, 2019
Marshall employee Dwight Eaves salts the sidewalks outside Joan C. Edwards Stadium as snow falls on Friday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — The Tri-State saw its first real snowfall of the year Friday, with half an inch to 2 inches of snow being reported across the region.

The snow signals the end of the polar vortex that brought frigid temperatures and closed schools earlier in the week.

Temperatures will begin to climb back up to livable levels this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, as clouds decrease and the sun gets to do what it does best. Saturday’s high is 46 degrees, Sunday’s is 59 degrees and Monday is predicted to be a welcome 63 degrees.

While it’s great weather for a walk, it’s also great weather for potholes to form, warns the Ohio Department of Transportation. The freeze/thaw cycle weakens pavement, allowing water into cracks that freeze when temperatures drop. Combined with vehicle traffic, pavement cracks and potholes form.

ODOT cautioned drivers to be aware of potholes and crews repairing them.

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