By Frank Lewis
A handful of students braved the blowing and drifting snow to participate in a Martin Luther King, Jr. work day event on the campus of Shawnee State University, only to find out — like most everything else in the area — it had been canceled.
“I just couldn’t bring myself to send them out in this,” Tiffany Hartman of the Student Affairs Office, said. “We will probably re-schedule in February or March, but I’m hearing February might be worse (weather) than it is now.”
Some of the students had come for the first time, and Hartman gave them information on future volunteer opportunities including a blood drive scheduled for this week.
The few cars that attempted to drive on the campus were finding it hard to see where the roads leading to the parking lot were. It was those types of conditions all over the region that led Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini to raise the snow emergency to Level 2 around noon.
Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson has made the same move earlier in the morning. Henderson says roadways are hazardous and snow and ice covered. He said only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Henderson said employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.
Donini said the area was experiencing snow and ice sticking to overheads, bridges, and rural roads. Local law enforcement agencies were investigating several vehicle accidents as a result of the quickly changing weather conditions. Drivers were being urged to drive very carefully due to rapid changes in the weather.
Scioto County Engineer told the Daily Times Saturday his crews had been battling blowing snow drifts.
“One of my drivers encountered about a 3 to 4 foot drift that he had to plow his way through on Miller’s Run Road,” Opperman said. “I think we got about four and a half inches of snow. I know we had 3 inches in Lucasville.”
A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. Snow was expected to taper off during the afternoon. Accumulations are expected to be from 2 to 4 inches before it was over. Winds will be around 15 to 25 miles per hour, gusting up to 40 miles per hour, causing drifting and blowing snow through the afternoon.
Visibility will be under a mile at times and even occasionally reduced to a quarter mile or less as a result of the blowing snow. The combination of snow and blowing snow will have the potential to significantly impact travel conditions.
Late Saturday afternoon, the NWS sent out an updated briefing for Emergency Management Agencies warning of a potential for record-breaking temperatures early this coming week featuring bitter wind chills from 25-35 below, and another round of snow on Sunday and Sunday evening with a possible 1-3 more inches of snow. The highs Tuesday minus 5 to 10 degrees.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.