Seven more inches of snow fall locally
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 AM
Cars drive through the intersection of Westwood Dr. and Fox Rd. during the snow Wednesday. Van Wert received seven inches of snow Wednesday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT — Just when you thought it was over, snow once again blanketed the area on Wednesday and there is no guarantee it will not happen again this year.
According to Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy reported that the county received roughly seven inches of snow during the day on Wednesday with light snow falling at midnight. This brings the season total snowfall to 71 inches. That makes this winter easily the third-snowiest on record behind 1978’s 83 inch-total and 1982’s 82-inch total.
Schools in the county called a two-hour delay for Thursday classes after missing Wednesday entirely.
McCoy noted, “I think that will give everybody time to get the roads all figured out and driveways cleared, and it’s going to bitter cold Thursday morning with wind chills near 10 below.”
That severe cold should be gone before the weekend, but McCoy said he cannot say this will be the last snow of the season.
“We have a lot of cold air all across New York and Canada and the polar region. The Great Lakes are all frozen over, so there is a lot of cold air to work with yet. We’re not seeing a real change in the pattern of the jet stream, so I think we’re going to see now similar to what we saw yesterday — we’re going to get warm, then I think we’ll get cold again. With the way the pattern is, with a lot of moisture, there could be some more snow.”
Despite the first day of spring coming up in one week, that might not make a big difference in our weather patterns.
“I think April is going to be another one of those deals with a lot of up and down temperatures,” cautioned McCoy.