By THE COURIER STAFF
As the temperature fell below zero Tuesday night, schools in the region weighed whether to remain closed today for a third straight day.
Many schools were considering reopening today after a two-hour delay. Others, including Elmwood, Fostoria, St. Wendelin and Tiffin, weren’t ready to try.
The temperature dropped to minus 4 at midnight Tuesday.
The National Weather Service projected a low of minus 10 overnight, with wind chills as low as minus 27. If that happens, it would tie Findlay’s record low for Jan. 29, set in 1977.
When the sun comes up, the weather service predicts a high today of 13 degrees with wind chill values as low as minus 26. A low around 8 degrees is expected tonight.
A wind chill warning issued by the weather service remains in effect for northwestern Ohio until noon today. The warning is issued when wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin.
Schools in the region were closed Monday and Tuesday as Arctic air blanketed the area.
Subzero temperatures were recorded both days, but it wasn’t quite chilly enough to break records in Findlay. The low temperature on Monday, minus 8, did not break the Findlay record for Jan. 27, minus 10 set in 1915, according to the Water Pollution Control Center, which keeps the city’s weather records. Those records go back to 1894.
Tuesday’s low temperature, minus 12 at 6 a.m., was one degree short of the record low for Jan. 28, according to measurements at the center. The city record is minus 13, set in 1963.
National Weather Service observations at Findlay Airport reported a low of minus 14 degrees at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, which would have broken the record. However, temperature records for the city are based on readings taken at the Water Pollution Control Center.
Warmer weather is on the way, forecasters say.
A relatively balmy high of 28 degrees and a low of 21 is predicted for Thursday by the National Weather Service.
On Friday, a high of 27 and a low of 20 is expected.
Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 33, a low of 14, with possible rain and snow. A cooler Sunday is predicted, with a high of 23 degrees and a low around 6.
Roadway conditions in the area continued to improve Tuesday. Hancock County and four surrounding counties were under a Level 1 weather alert Tuesday evening. The alert warns drivers about treacherous road conditions.
Others under a Level 1 were Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wood counties.
Wyandot, Hardin and Allen counties had no roadway warnings Tuesday night.
No serious weather-related traffic accidents were reported by area law enforcement agencies Tuesday night.