This was the scene along 2nd Street in downtown Decatur early this morning as business owners were forced to battle the elements during the first winter storm of 2014. Local snowfall stood at just more than 3 inches this morning and is expected to diminish throughout the day. Colder temperatures are in the forecast, however, with the mercury expected to dip below zero later this week.
Following a brief reprieve from Mother Nature, temperatures in the area plummeted into the teens over the past few days, bringing 3 inches of fresh snow along for the ride.
Jeremy Gilbert, operations manager for the city of Decatur, at 8 a.m. today said the intensity of the snowfall “has really picked up in the last two or three hours” leaving everything in town “pretty well snow-covered.”
Gilbert said the first city crews hit the streets at approximately 5 a.m. and all crews were on the streets by 8:00. “It’s just going to take a little time” to get the snow pushed to the side of the roadways, he said.
Adams County Highway Department superintendent Mark Mitchel said 13 county crews were dispatched early this morning. Mitchel did not comment on the condition of rural roadways.
Heavy snow, strong winds, frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills are predicted by the National Weather Service through Friday. Snow is expected to diminish this afternoon, with an additional 1-3 inches falling. Blowing winds will continue to make driving difficult, particularly on city side streets and county roads.