January 25, 2014
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25: According to the National Weather Service in Cleveland, more snow is possible tonight and tomorrow, along with numbing wind chill values.
Tonight could bring a half inch of snow, a low around -3, and wind chill values as low as -17.
Sunday will bring snow, mainly after 9 am. with a high near 30 BUT wind chill values as low as -17 due to a south wind 11 to 21 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible Sunday night.
The cold temperatures and drifting snow prompted a number of business and event cancellations in the county. Highland Schools canceled all weekend events as well as Mt. Gilead Schools sporting events. Some banks were closed and some churches cancelled Sunday services early.
Temperatures will plummet again, as Monday will have a high near 11 and wind chill values as low as -17, with a west wind 16 to 20 mph. Tuesday will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high near -4. Tuesday night will have a low around -12. There’s not much of a break on Wednesday, with a high near 8. Thursday holds a hope of partly sunny, with a high near 23.
10:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 - Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman has declared a level 2 snow emergency for Morrow County. Roadways are slippery with blowing and drifting snow. Please use caution if you feel you must be on the roadways.
Level 2 alerts: Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
Crawford County is under a Level 3 - no unauthorized traffic on roadways - emergency vehicles only. Richland County is at Level 2, as well as Knox and Marion counties.
Sheriff Brenneman reported at 10:34 a.m. there were not many crashes thus far, but many drivers were getting stuck on rural roads and some roads were drifted shut. Three wreckers and other vehicles were reported stuck on Road 37. A county plow was trying to open the road.
Friday evening accidents
Sentinel reporter Donna Carver was on the scene where two accidents occurred within yards of each on SR 42 Friday about 4:10 p.m.
Road conditions are suspected to be a factor in the separate one-vehicle non injury accidents that occurred within a short time of each other.
Units responded to the area of 4772 on State Route 42 between Township Road 115 and Township Road 230. A silver Toyota Camry lost control on the curve, veered to the left side of the roadway, plowed through a fence and struck a tree. The female driver was uninjured.
Within a short time a white Mercury 4 door lost control on the same curve however, the vehicle veered to the left of the roadway striking a road sign. The male driver was also uninjured.
The accidents are under investigation by the Ohio State Highway patrol. Also responding were Mt. Gilead Fire, Morrow County EMS and the Morrow County Sheriff’s Dept.
through 310 is the Toyota Camry accident. The rest are the mercury 4 door accident