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Johnny Kook, Lima | Submitted photoBig Daddy's Towing pulls out an Ohio Department of Transportation plow truck stuck in a ditch on state Route 81 just off U.S. 127 outside of Van Wert on Monday.
Johnny Kook, Lima | Submitted photoBig Daddy's Towing pulls out an Ohio Department of Transportation plow truck stuck in a ditch on state Route 81 just off U.S. 127 outside of Van Wert on Monday.
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LIMA — The National Weather Service cancelled its wind chill advisory this morning, but there’s still the potential for danger outside as the area rides out a brutal winter storm.


There are still reports of slippery roads, particularly at major intersections, so caution is urged.


EMERGENCY LEVELS


•Allen County downgraded to a Level 1 roadway warning at noon Wednesday.


•Auglaize County doesn’t issue the warnings, but there are reports of slippery roadways.


•Hardin County eliminated its snow emergency at 7 a.m. but still urged caution on the roads.


•Mercer County no longer has a snow level.


•Putnam County remains on a Level 2 snow alert, meaning roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, along with icy conditions.


•The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office lifted its snow emergency at 10 p.m. Tuesday, meaning non-emergency vehicle travel is now possible. Roads are still hazardous but passable. Roadways remain ice-covered and very slick, Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach reported.


WEATHER FORECAST


At 4:25 a.m. today, the National Weather Service ended the wind chill advisory. Wind chills were expected to remain between zero degrees and minus-10 early this morning, but that’s not quite cold enough for the wind chill advisory.


The temperature was 14 degrees Fahrenheit as of 6 a.m. today, well above the negative temperatures seen the last several days. The high is forecast at 21 degrees, with a chance of light snow. The overnight low tonight is 9 degrees.


Temperatures should continue warming up the rest of the week, with highs of 31 on Thursday, 38 on Friday and 45 on Saturday.


SALTING ROADS


The Ohio Department of Transportation reported it had 85 crews operating overnight in its eight-county District 1, based in Lima.


Crews resumed treading roads with salt and calcium chloride on Tuesday, focusing on priority travel routes and intersections. Crews reported making good progress Tuesday, as some roadways had roadway appearing where cars left tracks. Conditions will remain icy through at least this afternoon, though.


Trucks will continue to salt the roadways this morning.


CLOSURES


Most area schools remained closed today.


Lima:


•Blues concert at Allen County Museum cancelled tonight.


•West Ohio Food Bank reopens at noon today, when it will begin assessing needs. It will try to address the most urgent needs first.


Ottawa:


•Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition meeting cancelled today.


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