Surprise snowstorm adds additional amount to local area

Authored by Jim Langham on Dec 31, 2012

Weather specialist Rick McCoy said that Friday night’s dumping of snow was a prime example of how the slightest variance in the path of a storm can make a lot of difference.
“We haven’t got it down to perfection yet,” said McCoy with a chuckle on Saturday. “I’ve heard quite a bit this morning how we predicted a lot of snow on Wednesday and ended up with less and then predicted light snow on Friday evening and ended up with a good heavy snowfall.”
Adams County Emergency Management director John August said that he believed between four and six inches of snow fell across the county late Friday night and into Saturday morning. But he was impressed with the way that the state and county removal crews had taken charge of the situation.
“I was impressed on Saturday morning when I went out to check things out,” said August. “The roads were really in good shape for as much snow as we had experienced. It was evident to me that someone had been up early and worked hard to clear the roads, both county and state.”
August said that due to the fact that there had been very little wind with this storm, there were very few problems such as had been the case with the high winds in Wednesday’s storm.
McCoy said that the storm was originally slated to move out of the Tennessee valley into southeast Ohio, pulling most of the heavier snow from the Dayton area to the south and east. However, the storm veered, instead, to the west and brought much of the heavy snow to the local area.
“I talked to some guys from the National Weather Service at midnight on Friday and they told me that areas around Indianapolis where nearly a foot had fallen on Wednesday had experienced at least eight more inches and it was still snowing,” said McCoy. “It doesn’t take much math to realize that there are some areas between Indianapolis and Dayton right now with nearly 20 inches of snow on the ground.”
McCoy said that locally, in Adams and Van Wert counties, the snow level has now accumulated to between eight and 10 inches. However, some parts of Mercer County are now well over a foot, especially the Coldwater area which had experienced 10.5 inches on Wednesday and between six and eight inches again on Friday night.
“It’s already evident that the pattern developing for this winter is much stiffer than what we had last winter,” McCoy said. “The big thing this week is going to be cold. NWS officials are now predicting that it could be close to zero by Friday morning. With that kind of cold, it is likely that there will be some bouts of lake effect snow from time to time.”
McCoy and August both alert area residents to make sure they have their winter car kits packed and in operable shape.
“It might not be you, it could be the other guy,” said August. “It always pays to drive with double caution, especially in these earlier snows.”

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