Portsmouth Dodges the Bullet in Latest Winter Storm

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Blacktop, grass and sidewalks. All rare sights in our region right now, but not Thursday in Portsmouth, which may be the luckiest city in the area.

"That's what happens when a thousand mile wide storm shifts 30 miles to the west," WSAZ Meteorologist Brandon Butcher told Midday viewers Thursday.

WSAZ's First Warning Weather team tracked the storm, showing that it cut off near the Scioto County line.

"It's pretty crazy," Portsmouth resident Charlie Swanson said. "We got up this morning and looked at the radar and noticed everyone south of us is getting snow. You can just see the line a little bit away. We lucked out."

"The roads are clear. We're getting our garbage picked up. Schools are open. Kids are out. It's wonderful," Swanson said.

While parts of our region were slipping and sliding in the snow, it was life as usual in Portsmouth.

For Tabitha Ramey and her daughter, Emily, the passing storm meant a day to get out and about. "I'm sad because the other people got it and they can't drive and they can't get out," Ramey said. "But I'm happy because we can get out and we don't have all that bad weather around."

It's not like Portsmouth hasn't had its fair share of winter storms. There is still a bit of snow left over from the last snowfall. But at least this time, people in Portsmouth know they dodged the bullet.

"We lucked out and we're not going to have another one, I hope," Swanson said. "I'm tired of winter."

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