Half of storm misses area; only four inches of snow here
Monday, March 03, 2014 12:01 AM
From Staff and Wire Reports
Freshly fallen snow returned to Van Wert early Sunday as seen here at Fountain Park. After watching most of the snow in the area melt away last week, four more inches fell making this winter the third-snowiest ever for the county. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT — A shift in the path of a second system that was due in Van Wert County Sunday evening provided a little mercy for the area.
According to Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy the county received four inches of snow during overnight and early morning hours of Sunday, but the second wave that was due to enter the area from the southwest ended up going south of this area.
With that late development, predictions that were in the six to ten inch range were immediately reduced, and the winter storm watch for the area was canceled.
However with the second half of the weekend storm moving south, the central and southern part of Ohio took a bigger hit with icy rain, snow, and treacherous road conditions.
Ice and sleet in the morning triggered warnings of hazardous driving conditions, followed by snow that forecasters expected to total 1 to 6 inches in many areas of central and southern Ohio. Sheriffs across the state issued Level 1 snow emergency warnings for their counties, urging drivers to use caution.
Northern communities and much of the rest of the state faced bone-chilling temperatures late Sunday and early in the coming week, with temperatures in low teens and single digits and wind chills well below zero. Van Wert County is expecting only a 15 degree high on Monday with subzero windchills.
The Ohio Department of Transportation urged drivers to give slow-moving snow plows room to clear off highways. Local officials in many communities were trying to use their road salt supplies strategically, using brine mixes first to treat road.
The state transportation department has been ordering more salt to help communities, but officials say demand has outpaced supply. They say the state could wind up using nearly twice the average winter amount of 630,000 tons of salt by the time this one is over.
Among those braving the conditions Sunday was Patty Lee, who drove some 20 miles from Cincinnati to suburban Blue Ash for a job interview with a nonprofit music organization. She joked that her first job test was making through the icy parking lot without falling down.
She said the interview went well, and figured she might get some extra points for just showing up.
She’s lived in Cincinnati for six years, and is a northwest Pennsylvania native. She’s used to winter weather, but not like this winter’s.
“This year is more extreme than normal,” she said. “It’s been harsh.”
An avid bird-watcher, she’s more than ready for spring and getting outside more. Meanwhile, the prospective new job gives her something to look forward to — it would mean a trip to sunny southern California in a few months.
Meg Graf, who lives near Cincinnati in Bellevue, Ky., summarized what she called “a sincere sentiment from a former Florida girl” with this one-line message on Twitter:
“Winter, I hate you.”