By ERIC SCHAADT
The weather outside was freezing and frightful Thursday for motorists and others braving the snow and high winds.
Local authorities responded to many traffic mishaps, but none was said to be serious.
Putnam and Seneca counties were under a “Level 2″ weather advisory Thursday night, which suggests residents should avoid driving unless necessary.
Hancock County was under a “Level 1″ weather alert Thursday night, which warns of treacherous travel. Other counties under a Level 1 alert were Henry, Allen and Wood counties.
High winds caused snow to drift over roadways, especially in rural areas, authorities said.
“The wind’s not helping us,” said a dispatcher with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.
The wind and cold temperatures may have convinced some to stay home late Thursday.
“It’s actually been quiet tonight,” a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher noted.
Vehicles slid into ditches in Henry County, but no serious wrecks were reported, according to that county’s sheriff’s office.
Minor accidents and slide-offs were reported on Interstate 75, the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol reported.
I-75 was particularly treacherous Thursday night in Wood County, where multiple vehicles slid off the highway.
In Findlay, no serious traffic accidents were noted, according to the Findlay Police Department.
Findlay road crews plowed streets until 8 p.m. Thursday, and were expected to return to work at 4 a.m. this morning, according to the Police Department.
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s website indicated that 3.5 inches of snow blanketed Hancock County on Thursday, and 4 inches was on the ground. Sixteen state snowplows were working Thursday night in Hancock County.
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