LIMA — The Lima area was hit with moderate snow Saturday night into Sunday. Around 3 to 5 inches fell, with some areas seeing more snowfall.
It was the most significant snowfall of the winter thus far.
But don’t relax — more is on the way.
“This is an extended snow event here, probably lasting right through Monday afternoon,” said Bob Smerbeck, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather. “There’s a storm center that’s over southern Ohio, and that’s going to move eastward and that’s what’s causing our snow right now. It’ll redevelop along the east coast and the storm will grow and get bigger. So what that’s going to do is cause snow to linger across our region. I wouldn’t be surprised if a little snow still was continuing at least early Tuesday. So we should at least double what we got.”
By the time it’s all over, Smerbeck anticipates anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow for the area.
Road crews have been busy removing the snow from major highways.
“We are making good progress in clearing highways,” said Rhonda Pees, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation. “Temperatures have been good, and our materials are working well. The priority routes, such as I-75 and U.S. 30, are moving well but we caution motorists to slow their speed whenever snow is still falling as conditions can change quickly. Secondary two-lanes routes remain slushy. We advise caution during travel on all routes.”
Pees expects winds to pick up, which could cause “drifting and visibility issues.”
Allen County was on level 1 and 2 road advisories at points late Saturday and early Sunday, but all advisories had been canceled by Sunday afternoon.
Late Sunday, Putnam County issued a level 2 road advisory. Auglaize County remained on a level 1 road advisory.
Tom Berger, with the Allen County Emergency Management Agency, urged people to do what they can to keep safe on the roads.
“Just make sure you’re giving the plows enough room to do the job they need to do if you need to be out,” Berger said.
Van Wert Emergency Management Agency Director Rick McCoy said the heaviest snow fell to the west of Van Wert County, with 8 or 9 inches to the west of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
McCoy says motorists should take precautions if they have to be out.
“First off, they want to take their time when they’re out there. And you know if they would get stuck certainly take along a cell phone so you can call for assistance. Have a blanket in the car, some extra clothes and gloves. It’s better to have a couple layers of clothes on if you get stuck. It’s nice to have a shovel in the trunk of the car. Some people will carry bags of salt if they would get stuck. Kitty litter does a real good job, too, for getting some traction if you’re stuck too bad to get out,” McCoy said.
Lima’s Area Agency on Aging 3 will be closed Monday, Feb. 1, due to the snow.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.