Winter storm brings beauty, havoc

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By Marc Charpentier

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Once again last week, Mother Nature made her winter presence known as the county was hit by a freezing rain/sleet/sleet/snow storm that literally shut everything down and kept everyone hunkered down in their homes. , while once again showing off the beauty of winter as the ice left shimmering images on trees and structures.

The predicted winter event began in earnest on Thursday evening, when a day that started with only rain quickly deteriorated as temperatures dropped rapidly. Late Thursday evening and Friday morning, a combination of freezing rain, ice pellets and ice hit the area, then covered in a blanket of snow through Friday morning.

The combination of ice and snow quickly rendered roads impassable, forcing Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers to declare a Level 3 snow emergency in the county, meaning roads were closed and restricted to emergency personnel only. Many residents also suffered power loss to their homes as heavy icy accumulations affected trees and power lines, forcing crews to battle the nasty elements in order to restore power. Garbage collection in the area was also halted as Rumpke had to readjust his schedule to keep his drivers clear of dangerous road conditions.

The storm also wreaked havoc on local school districts, as the Adams County Ohio Valley and Manchester districts were forced to close Thursday and Friday, and as many secondary roads in the county remained untreated and were deemed unsafe, both districts were also closed on Mondays, a remote learning day for ACOVSD and a Blizzard Bag Day for MLSD.

The storm also disrupted high school athletic programs over the weekend, with both districts canceling all scheduled games and activities. It sends local coaches and sporting directors scrambling to find rescheduled dates, made more difficult by the fact that the women’s section tournament starts this week,

The good news is that temperatures are expected to hit the 40s by the middle of the week, which should allow the accumulated ice and snow to melt, but could lead to flooding issues beyond that.

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