5 counties have Level 1 weather alerts

Thanks to slushy and slippery roads, Hancock County and four nearby counties remain under a Level 1 weather alert today.

Also under a Level 1 alert are Henry, Seneca, Putnam and Wood counties. An alert warns motorists that roadways are hazardous, and suggests they drive with extreme caution.

Only minor traffic mishaps are being reported by area law enforcement agencies.

“It’s quiet,” a relieved Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said tonight. “We’ll take it.”

A Level 1 alert was lifted today in Wyandot County.

“The roads are in pretty good shape,” a Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said tonight.

Road conditions also improved on Interstate 75 in the Findlay vicinity, according to the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol.

But interstate entrance and exit ramps were still being cleared by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Courier reporter Eric Schaadt will have more on Friday.

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