Road advisories issued as snowy, slippery roads common


First Posted: 3/12/2014

LIMA — Several area counties issued road advisories this morning, as overnight rain turned into freezing rain before turning into snow.

•Allen County issued a Level 1 road advisory at 8:30 a.m. Authorities urge caution while driving on snow-covered roads.

•Auglaize County doesn’t issue level advisories, but it warned roads are hazardous, snow and ice-covered.

•Hardin County issued a Level 1 snow emergency at 9:30 a.m. Roads are ice-covered and hazardous.

•Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey stopped short of issuing a Level 1, but he did warn roads are becoming snow-covered and slippery.

•Putnam County upgraded to a Level 2 advisory at 10:15 a.m. Roads are passable, but blowing snow makes visibility difficult.

The area’s Division III regional basketball semifinals, which included teams from Lima Central Catholic and Ottawa-Glandorf, at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center have been postponed. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has not rescheduled them yet.

The area remains under a winter storm warning through 5 p.m. today. Snow could be heavy at times, with 20 to 25 mph winds gusting at 40 mph. An estimated 3 to 5 inches of snowfall is expected.

The snow should end around 8 p.m. tonight, with an overnight low hovering at 0. With 10 to 20 mph winds and gusts of 25 mph, that could push wind chills as low at minus-10.

On Thursday, the forecast calls for a high of 23, with wind chills as cool as minus-10 with winds at 5 to 10 mph.