Area digging out after snowstorm drops 8.8 inches

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

As people strained, yet again, to push snow from driveways and sidewalks Wednesday, all area counties were under a Level 2 roadway advisory.

The advisory cautions against unnecessary travel.

The storm that arrived Tuesday and departed Wednesday dumped 8.8 inches of snow on Findlay, according to measurements taken at the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center, which keeps the city’s weather records.

The Ohio Department of Transportation garage in Findlay also reported that about 8 inches of snow fell during the storm. Combined with previous snowfall, 12 inches of snow is on the ground, the state garage reported.

The new snow, which blew and drifted, meant plenty of work for snowplow crews in the region.

Early Wednesday, Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman declared a Level 3 weather emergency, which discourages any driving unless there is an emergency.

By afternoon, that had been dropped to a Level 2 advisory. Other counties under a Level 2 advisory Wednesday night included Allen, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot.

Representatives of the Wyandot and Hardin County sheriff’s offices said their counties could improve to a Level 1 weather alert by late Wednesday night or this morning. An alert advises of hazardous roadways.

Many area roads were snow-covered and slippery Wednesday night, but law enforcement agencies reported no serious accidents.

“We’ve had a couple (vehicles) in the ditch. That’s to be expected,” said a spokesperson with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

A dispatcher with the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol noted, “The back roads are pretty bad.”

Virtually all schools in the region were closed Wednesday, but many were hoping to reopen after a two-hour delay today. They included: Findlay, Arcadia, Arlington, Blanchard Valley, Bluffton, Carey, Columbus Grove and St. Anthony, Cory-Rawson, Elmwood, Fostoria, Hardin Northern, Heritage Christian, Hopewell-Loudon, Leipsic and St. Mary Elementary, Liberty-Benton, McComb, Mohawk, New Riegel, Pandora-Gilboa, Patrick Henry, Riverdale, St. Michael, St. Wendelin, Tiffin, Trinity Lutheran, Upper Sandusky, Van Buren and Vanlue.

No more snow is in the forecast until Saturday, but subzero temperatures are expected to return tonight.

According to the National Weather Service and WTOL-TV meteorologist Robert Shiels, today’s high will be 13 to 14 degrees, and tonight’s low will be minus 6 to minus 7, with wind chills as low as minus 22.

Friday’s high is predicted to be 10 to 15 degrees, with a nighttime low of minus 2.

Snow showers are predicted Saturday night and Sunday.

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