Most area counties drop to Level 1 snow advisory

LIMA — Allen County dropped down to a Level 1 snow advisory this morning.

Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia reduced it from a Level 2 at 11 a.m. today. Allen County and municipal roadways remained snow and ice covered, with possible blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions were still hazardous in many areas.

Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker went from a Level 2 to a Level 1 roadway advisory at 1:50 p.m. Roadways could be snow-covered and icy.

Auglaize County doesn’t issue level advisories, but Sheriff Al Solomon did warn of hazardous roadways with some blowing and drifting snow.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman went down to a Level 1 snow emergency at 11:30 a.m. today.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart went to a Level 2 snow emergency at 10:40 a.m. today.

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey canceled all levels of snow advisory at 10:40 a.m. today.

The National Weather Service warned about extremely low temperatures possible, with wind chill values of minus-2 to minus-15. At these levels, someone can experience frostbite in as little as 30 minutes if skin is exposed. Take frequent breaks to warm up if you’re outside, and dress in layers.

The Mozart By Candelight event by the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Wapakoneta will go on as planned, but people who don’t feel comfortable driving can trade their tickets in for other events.

The weather caused a number of planned events to be canceled or postponed for the day:

• March for Life involving Lima Heartbeat canceled.

• “She Sang Freedom” in Kenton postponed to 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

• Pass Dribble and Shoot Contest by Shawnee Optimist Club postponed to Feb. 24.

• Miller City’s Homecoming dance has been postponed.

• Putnam County Task Force for Youth Junior High Bowling Party canceled.

Traffic cameras courtesy of Ohio Department of Transportation’s

Beaverdam: Interstate 75 at U.S. 30/state Route 696

Lima: Interstate 75 at state Route 117/state Route 309

Lima: State Route 309 at Lost Creek Boulevard

Lima: State Route 117 at Greely Chapel Road

Lima: Interstate 75 at Fourth Street (looking South)

Lima: Interstate 75 at Fourth Street (looking North)

Lima: Interstate 75 at state Route 65/St. Johns Road

Wapakoneta: Interstate 75 at rest area (looking southbound)

Wapakoneta: Interstate 75 at rest area (looking northbound)

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