Winter just wonâ€™t go away. (J Swygart photo)
UPDATE: Adams County went to code yellow at noon Friday then the code yellow was dropped shortly before 4 p.m..
County EMA Director John August said at 10 a.m. Friday that winds had lessened enough to allow county road crews to begin plowing out roads, many of which were impassable this morning.
All basketball games are off tonight. Bellmont plays at Jay County at 1 p.m. Saturday (JVs start at noon), Adams Central hosts New Haven and South Adams travels to Eastbrook for Saturday night games at the normal times.
Here we go again.
A winter storm which belatedly blew into Decatur and Adams County before sunrise today slickened streets and severely hampered efforts by people to get to work — and to get businesses open.
"We're really fighting a losing battle right now" against windblown snow, Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 7:30 a.m. today.
The second major snowstorm to hit Decatur in five days brought some three and a half inches of snow by 7 a.m. A city weather station official said it was difficult to measure due to blowing snow.
At about 7:40 a.m., Adams County Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel said his staff would not even attempt to contend with the elements until the storm relented enough to do so. Mitchel said the county highway crew would "play it by ear" until later in the day.
At the same time, the National Weather Service office in Fort Wayne reported a temperature of 27 degrees with light blowing snow and winds of 26 mph from the north, gusting up to 36 mph. The wind chill was 12.
Adams County Emergency Management Director John August reported that the county was under Code Red as of 7 a.m., which means "county roads are mostly drifted shut and impassable, roads are totally snow-covered or ice-covered, high winds and drifting are occurring, and people should think twice about driving."
All schools in the county were, of course, closed.
The city's trucks were out at 6 a.m., but Gilbert said only the main roads were being plowed to keep them open for emergency vehicles. Decatur has some 60 miles of streets.
Mitchel said plows were stationed at the Decatur, Berne, Preble, and Geneva fire stations, with the highway department garage at Monroe providing such service for the Monroe fire department.
The rest of the county highway workforce was at the county garage waiting to hit the county's 700 miles of roads.
Decatur and Adams County remained under a winter storm warning at sunrise.
The weather bureau said the blowing snow would likely continue until about 1 p.m. today, with a high near 30 degrees.
No snow is in tonight's forecast, with a low around 18 expected, along with winds dropping substantially, to 5 mph or less.
Saturday will bring a 40 percent chance of snow both daytime and at night. A high near 32 is predicted, with a south wind between 5 and 10 mph, and the low should be around 26.
Sunday will bring a slight chance of precipitation, and it will be rain as the high is forecast to climb to near the mid 40s. The low will be around 43, the weather bureau said.