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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The perfect storm that struck the east coast of the U.S. sent an early dose of snow and high winds to Scioto County and its surrounding counties. Area residents awoke to a light coating of snow and slushy roadways.

“In the overnight period (Monday), we had peak winds here in the upper 30’s, so we really didn’t reach the upper threshold of the wind advisory criteria of 45-50 miles per hour,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said. “In the overnight hours again (Tuesday night), the temperature will drop back down and it will again be a mixture of snow and rain.”

Carver said there was a minimum of damage caused by the inclement weather.

“As far as the impact, we had a few marginal trees that were downed in a couple of the big gusts,” Carver said. “There really is no widespread power outages to report. Probably the largest impact has been from the higher elevations and the raised surfaces in which the snow accumulations were heavier. It has been a little bit tougher driving for some folks, especially in the (hill) areas of the county.”

Carver said the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), along with other area law enforcement, has been challenged by wrecks as a result of slippery conditions on some roads.

Lieutenant Karla Taulbee, commander of the Portsmouth post of the OSHP, said troopers investigated three accidents Tuesday morning.

“Overall, we have had no significant impact from this so far,” Carver said. “When you look at the conditions in northern Ohio all the way over to the eastern seaboard, we really have nothing.”

Kathleen Fuller, public information officer with Division 9 of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said she has seen similar conditions in most of the region.

“With regards to the kind of snow that we received, there has been slushy conditions and temperatures holding steady in the southern part of the district,” Fuller said. “The freezing has been keeping the snow from sticking, but we could have some issues with some bridges and overpasses, caused by colder temperatures that flow over bridges.”

Fuller said there were no significant reports of downed tree limbs or power lines, but she said crews were standing by with chainsaws should they be needed to cut trees that pose a hazard.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington is calling for a chance of showers today with a high near 45 and winds gusting as high as 28 miles per hour with a 50 percent chance of precipitation, but less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tonight a chance of rain before 2 a.m.,with a low of 38. Then a slight chance of rain and snow, and a slight chance of rain and snow showers on Thursday with a high near 50.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com.

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