2/18/14 – 4:38 A.M.
Update – 9:05 A.M.

Winter weather is once again causing major issues in the region. Hancock, Putnam, Wood, Henry, and Hardin Counties are under Level 2 Snow Emergencies, which means you should drive only if necessary. Seneca County has declared a Level 3 Snow Emergency, meaning you should only drive it is an emergency.

As a result most area schools cancelled. You can see the full list by clicking here.

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2/13/14 – 12:00 P.M.

Anyway you crunch the numbers, this has been a busy winter for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The ODOT Distrcit 1 office released more information on what it has taken to keep the roads clear in northwest Ohio. Deputy Director Kirk Slusser says the average plow operator has worked 250 hours and driven 7,400 miles so far this year. Crews have been out 43 of the last 90 days removing snow and ice from state and U.S. routes.

That work doesn’t come cheap. So far District 1 has spent $6.9 million.

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2/13/14 – 11:29 A.M.

A warm-up is in the forecast for next week – which would be welcome news except for one thing; all of that snow on the ground has to go somewhere. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik tells the Courier the city is working with the National Weather Service to monitor any potential flooding issues on the horizon. Mihalik says we’re still a few days away from forecast models really solidifying on what to expect next week.

In the meantime it’s expected the NWS will ask for snow pack and ice stream measurements over the weekend or early next week. Those figures will determine what the agency predicts for river crest levels.

Currently it looks like Findlay will get above 40 degrees for a few days early next week.

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The winter yoyo continues today. You might recognize the pattern by now – first we get the snow; then we get the sub zero temperatures again. As a result a wind chill advisory remains in place for the entire listening area until noon today. We’re looking at wind chills getting to around 25 below zero.

At the same time area roads aren’t completely clear. Hancock, Putnam, Allen, Seneca, and Wood Counties all remain under Level 1 Snow Emergencies. Blowing and drifting snow is causing some problems in the region, you’re advised to drive with caution.

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2/7/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The cost of removing snow from northwest Ohio’s highways hasn’t been cheap. ODOT released a breakdown of the costs associated with maintaining roads in District 1 so far in 2014, and it all adds up to more than $6.4 million. Of the eight counties in the district, Hancock County is the most expensive county to keep roads clear, with more than $947,000 being spent on labor, equipment, and materials.

There’s a reason why it’s more expensive to maintain Hancock County roads – there’s more of them. ODOT clears 561 miles of highway in the county. That is 100 more miles than Wyandot County; which is the second highest county in terms of miles of roads maintained in District 1.

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2/6/14 – 5:30 A.M.
UPDATE: 7:09 A.M.
UPDATE: 7:34 A.M.
UPDATE: 8:57 A.M>

Things are getting closer to normal following yesterday’s snowstorm. Hancock, Putnam, Wood, Allen, Hardin, Henry, and Seneca Counties are now under level 1 snow emergencies this morning. That means you should still drive with caution as you head to work and school.

Schools across the region were delayed again today but there were no cancellations. We do have a few event cancellations, which you can see here.

Travel times on area highways appear to be fairly normal.

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2/5/14 – 5:01 A.M.
Update – 5:29 A.M.
Update – 5:53 A.M.
Update – 7:14 A.M.

We’re waking up to a wintery mess again today. Snow piled up rapidly overnight, and it has led to Snow Emergencies all across the listening area.

Hancock and Putnam Counties are under Level 3 emergencies, which means you should only be on the roads if it is an emergency.  You can be cited for driving under these conditions.  Allen, Hardin, Wood, Henry, Wyandot and Seneca Counties are all under Level 2 emergencies, which means you should drive only if absolutely necessary.

Our traffic maps are showing slow going on area highways, and reports are that secondary roads are very tough to drive if not impassible in some spots.

As you would imagine, area schools are closed.  We also have a growing list of business closings.  Some of the larger factories have changed their schedules.   Some of the larger factories have changed their schedules.  Kuss Filtration in Findlay will have the day shift start at 3 p.m. weather permitting.  ADS Findlay has cancelled 1st and 2nd shifts.  TH Plastics in Findlay and Bowling Green is closed and will reopen with the 2nd shift today.  Ennis in Leipsic will be closed until the level 3 is dropped.  Silgan Plastics in Ottawa has cancelled 1st shift operations.

All Hancock County offices are closed. If you are expected to be at work or have an appointment at an area business, it’s probably a good idea to call ahead to make sure they are open.

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2/4/14 – 5:34 A.M.

The region is bracing for more heavy snow today. A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect from 5 p.m. today until 5 p.m. tomorrow for Hancock, Wood, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. Putnam, Allen, and Henry Counties will be under a Winter Storm Warning from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Between 6-9 inches of snow is expected to fall by tomorrow, at times coming down by as much as an inch per hour. Blowing and drifting snow is expected to cause issues as well.

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2/4/14 – 5:18 A.M.

While this winter will be one we remember for a long time, it hasn’t set any local records yet. The Courier reports 16.3 inches of snow fell in Findlay in January. While that was certainly more than any of us wanted to see, it fell short of the 1978 record of 37.7 inches.

However if things keep going the way they have been February’s records could be in jeopardy. With the unexpected snow over the past weekend, heavy snowfall in the forecast for tonight, and more snow possible this coming weekend, the 1910 record of 20.5 inches could be given a run for its money.

Snow records are kept by the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/14 – 8:45 A.M.

It looks like we’re about to get another blast of winter weather.  A Winter Storm Watch for Hancock, Putnam, Allen, Seneca, Wyandot, and Wood Counties has been issued from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.  We could see 6-10 inches of snow, mostly coming in Tuesday night through early Wednesday.  Blowing and drifting snow is expected Wednesday.

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