Rising temps aid snowplows

By MAX FILBY
STAFF WRITER
Rising temperatures Tuesday helped road crews clear snow and ice left by Monday night’s storm.
Temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s meant road crews for Findlay, Hancock County and the Ohio Department of Transportation didn’t have to clock more overtime hours Tuesday, each agency confirmed.
“It seems like we’ve been waiting for this for a while,” Mark Drerup, Hancock County manager for the state Department of Transportation, said about warmer temperatures.
About a 3-inch snowfall was recorded at the Findlay Airport on Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong winds caused the snow to blow and drift. The snow, combined with ice-coated roads, prompted nearly all area schools to close Tuesday, including Findlay City Schools.
The wind had mostly subsided by Tuesday afternoon, contributing to a quicker road cleanup.
Hancock County had 17 snowplows on the road Tuesday while the state had 16 working and Findlay had between 19 and 23. Each department said they expected plows to finish clearing roads Tuesday afternoon.
While warmer weather is helping road crews, it is also causing some to worry about the possibility of minor flooding this weekend.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik warned Tuesday that the combination of melting snow and rainfall predicted on Thursday could lead to some minor flooding.
Mihalik said measurements taken Tuesday morning showed melting of the snow pack will be equal to about 1.3 inches of rain, “which is good,” she said. “It’s not as bad as I was thinking it would be.”
“The general thickness of ice on the river and creeks is about a foot,” Mihalik added. That was another measurement provided to the National Weather Service for its forecasting.
No Blanchard River flooding is being predicted by the weather service.
The mayor’s office also warned that a storm on Thursday night could cause power outages, which could result in basement flooding for those with sump pumps.
The weather service “is concerned about a front coming through Thursday night. They seem to be more concerned about the severity of storms and damaging winds than flooding,” she said.
Despite those possibilities, the mayor’s office encouraged people to “enjoy the warmup.”
Courier reporter Joy Brown contributed to this story.
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