(Ed Gebert/Times Bulletin)
VAN WERT — Area residents dug out on Wednesday after nine inches of snow blanketed the region Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The prediction of 9.5 inches from the National Weather Service was very close to being right on target.
“Everything pretty much came in as we thought they would,” noted Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency Director Rick McCoy. “It was much the same as an earlier storm, but we didn’t have such high winds, and the temperatures did not plummet.”
The storm total was 9.0 inches in Van Wert and in Celina. Spencerville, Columbus Grove, and Bellefontaine received 8.0 inches, Grover Hill reported 9.5 inches, and Greenville saw 10.0 inches of snow. Snowfall totals in Indiana ranged from the 10-12 inch range in Fort Wayne and points north and west to seven inches in Huntington and Bluffton, Indiana.
Area school districts called off Wednesday classes and delayed Thursday sessions early Wednesday evening. Most businesses were open on Wednesday although several opened a few hours late.
McCoy had good news and bad news about future winter forecasts this season. First, the predicted weather system that is due in the Midwest this weekend will pass to the south of this area. However a clipper coming out of the north could still give the area one to two more inches of snow Saturday night and Sunday. The next storm system is due to miss this area to the south on Tuesday also.
“It will be nice to get out of that pattern of having a new storm every few days,” McCoy said.
The nine inches of snow from the latest storm brings the seasonal total to 51.3 inches — more than 20 inches higher than the seasonal average for snowfall.
McCoy is not sure if this winter could end up as one of the snowiest on record. The winter of 1978 dropped 83 inches and the winter of 1982 saw 82 inches fall on Van Wert County.
“With the patterns we are seeing, totals like that still could happen,” he cautioned.