Small WV town garners attention for its 42 inches

GLENGARY, W.Va. — It wasn’t quite like winning Powerball, yet the small West Virginia town of Glengary is getting a lot of attention for receiving the most snow from the recent storm: 42 inches.

“Yeah, it’s cool. That’s about it,” said Robert Bragg, who owns a heating and cooling business in the unincorporated town about 80 miles northwest of Washington. “We’ve still got to clear the snow. The notoriety doesn’t help get rid of it.”

Other cities weren’t too far behind, including 40.5 inches in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and 39 inches each in Philomont, Virginia, and Jones Springs, West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service.

Glengary has a couple hundred residents and a few intersections. The nearest gas station and grocery store are about 8 miles away next to Interstate 81. Over the weekend, they might as well have been in another state. Nobody could go anywhere.

“I was not prepared for this,” said Josh Kief, who owns a towing business and a home contracting firm in Glengary.

The good news was residents stayed put for the most part, although Kief said there were a few who tried to brave the conditions. He was called to pull cars out of the snow and jump start dead batteries.

Bragg said Glengary’s main road remained covered in snow Monday.

While he fielded plenty of calls from potential customers with home heating issues, “there’s not much we can do about it,” Bragg said. “We just can’t get into a lot of the neighborhoods.”

Monday evening Glengary resident Belinda Linton said her family was fortunate enough dig out of the snow, thanks to their access to farm tractors.

“If it wasn’t for that, we wouldn’t have been able to get ourselves out,” she said. “We were able to help ourselves and we could get to the main road today. It’s really beautiful here, but there’s just too much snow.”

W.Va. 45 is passable, according to Linton, however narrow in some spots.

“It was about one and a half lanes in some areas,” she said. “There was quite a bit of sun today, so we noticed some melting. I imagine tomorrow, the roads are going to be a little icy back here.”

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