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Heavy Snow, High Winds, Bitter Cold Strike Archbold and Northwest Ohio




Crews at the Archbold Wastewater Treatment plant reported Archbold was hit with five inches of snow, Saturday, Jan. 19. Reports from the National Weather Service indicated Wauseon received 10 inches. Above: The playground in Woodland Park goes unused, as snow coats the structure. Right: A village of Archbold snowplow is hard at work, clearing snow from West Williams Street, east of Ruihley Park.­– photos by Michelle McGarrity- Pugh

Crews at the Archbold Wastewater Treatment plant reported Archbold was hit with five inches of snow, Saturday, Jan. 19. Reports from the National Weather Service indicated Wauseon received 10 inches. Above: The playground in Woodland Park goes unused, as snow coats the structure. Right: A village of Archbold snowplow is hard at work, clearing snow from West Williams Street, east of Ruihley Park.­– photos by Michelle McGarrity- Pugh

Archbold and Northwest Ohio got hit with a winter weather triple whammy over the past weekend.

Heavy snow fell on Saturday, along with high winds.

Then Sunday, bitter cold temperatures hit.

The National Weather Service office in Syracuse, Ind., recorded snowfall totals anywhere from four inches in Defiance to 10 inches in Wauseon, recorded at 7 pm, Saturday, Jan. 19.

Locally, Archbold Wastewater Treatment Plant workers recorded an inch of snow on Thursday, followed by five inches on Saturday.

NWS records show that on Saturday, the maximum wind speed recorded in Fulton County was 31 miles per hour. That figure was recorded at 8:27 pm, about a mile northeast of Tedrow.

In northwest Ohio, wind speeds hit 43 mph in Van Wert County, 38 mph in Lima, 37 mph at the Defiance airport, and 33 mph in Williams County.

Saturday temperatures recorded at the plant ranged from a high of 30 degrees to a low of 0.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, the high reached 12 degrees; the low was 3, although some thermometers gave sub-zero readings.

 

 

On Monday, the high was 13, while the low slipped to 5-below.

For Jason Martz, Archbold superintendent of streets, and his crew, the worst problem they faced was drifting snow.

“Lutz Road, Lafayette Street, and Nolan Parkway were the worst with drifting. They were blowing shut about every hour,” he said.

Street department crews spent about 12 hours plowing snow and spreading salt on Saturday. They took a break about 10:30 pm, then were back at work Sunday, clearing the roads.

Martz said while his crews spread salt on Saturday, he was concerned about trying to battle ice.

Salt wouldn’t work in the cold. He could have added calcium to the salt, but said he was afraid the road surface at intersections would melt, then refreeze, creating a sheet of ice.

“That’s why we have the hard pack out there now,” he said.

But, overall, he said snowclearing efforts went well.

German Township

Joe Short, president of the German Township Trustees, said township snow-clearing efforts also went well.

Josh King, township road superintendent, and Jeff Aeschliman, road maintenance worker, were both out Saturday and Sunday, dealing with snow.

“I thought they did an excellent job,” he said.

They, too, battled against drifting snow. In some places, Short said the wind blew snow off the road; in other places, there were large snowdrifts.

Short said King and Aeschliman used quite a bit of salt.

ODOT

Rebecca Dangelo, public information officer for Ohio Department of Transportation District 2, which includes Fulton County, said high winds created problems.

“Overall, the wind was a big challenge for us well into Sunday,” she said.

Crews shifted from a liquid deicing chemical mixture to salt or a mix of salt and other chemicals.

They, like other snowplow operators, had to fight against the rate of snowfall, which NWS put as high as two inches per hour.

“There were definitely periods where we were driving on snow-covered roads,” she said.

Dangelo said while some may have been upset that roads weren’t clear immediately after the snow stopped, ODOT crews met their own criteria for keeping roads open.

This week

Kyle Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a mix of wintry precipitation– snow and-or freezing rain or drizzle– was expected last night, Tuesday.

Today, Wednesday, Brown said NWS was expecting a large shift, with a high temperature near 40 degrees, rain, and wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour.

Then tomorrow, Thursday, he said there is a 30% chance of snow showers expected with no accumulation, with a high in the mid-20s and a low of around 7 for Thursday night.


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