LIMA - Heavy snowfall overnight left some area roadways slick as people returned to work Monday morning. Area law enforcement agencies urged caution.
Reports of snowfall varied, with around 5 inches reported in much of Allen County. The snowfall totals appeared to be higher from Lima south, while they were a bit lighter north of Lima.
Fortunately, there weren't many serious accidents. The only one noted by area law enforcement dispatchers was a slide-off accident in Shelby County that injured a driver.
The snowfall led some area counties to issue snow advisories:
• Allen County: Level 2 roadway advisory cancelled at 2 p.m. after being issued at 4:05 a.m.
• Hancock County: Level 1 weather alert cancelled at 11:52 a.m. after being issued at 5:27 a.m.
• Mercer County: Level 1 roadway issued at 1:25 p.m. after a Level 2 roadway advisory issued at 1:50 a.m. in unincorporated areas of the county, including state routes, county roads and township roads. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Use extreme caution while driving.
• Putnam County: Level 1 roadway advisory issued at 8:30 a.m. Roadways are snow-covered and icy. Drive carefully.
A winter storm warning was cancelled at 2 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Snow will gradually decrease in intensity through midday. Accumulations of 5 to 9 inches can be expected, with higher amounts closest to U.S. 30.
The snow is wet and heavy, so the weather service urges caution while shoveling.
If you must travel, remember to bring a flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.