While local residents enjoyed warmer than normal temperatures in December, old man winter is alive and well with around an inch of snow falling on Crawford County on Tuesday.
A mixture of snow, ice and wind gusts up to 34 miles per hour made driving on area roads hazardous which led to school closings throughout the county. Crawford County Sheriff Scott Kent placed the county under a level one snow advisory early Tuesday morning.
Galion city crews began plowing and salting the city streets at 5 a.m.
“We are fighting the wind now with snow drifting in some open areas and snow blowing off buildings in some areas,” said Al Baker, superintendent of the city’s service department.
City crews continue to work to keep the city streets as clear as possible.
“The streets are in pretty good shape but the temperature is dropping so that may be an issue later today,” Baker said late Tuesday morning.
According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were busy with a few vehicles in ditches due to slippery road conditions but there were no serious crashes. The Bucyrus Post of the State Highway Patrol’s report is similar with a few vehicles in ditches but no serious crashes. Both the Galion and Bucyrus Police Departments are reporting there were no crashes in either city due to poor road conditions.
Cold weather is in the forecast for tonight with wind chills as now as 12 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. Wednesday the high is expected to be near 17 degrees with a chance of snow showers predicted for Wednesday night. The high on Thursday is expected to rise to a high near 34 degrees.