Back to the snow plows
It was back to the plows for city and county crews on Monday after a warm week in which most of the accumulated snow disappeared.
Decatur Street Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that his crews hit the streets at 3 a.m. today and everything was going "pretty well."
Trash pickups were on schedule, Gilbert added.
At the county level, Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel said his crew began work at 7 a.m. to clear 700 miles of rural roads with 14 vehicles.
Mitchel urged caution in areas in which flood water was still on roads, primarily in the south end of the county, since the water could freeze and have snow on top of it.
Light snow to stop
Once the light snow stops today — it was predicted to end around 1 p.m. — that should be it, forecasters say, until Wednesday night,when freezing rain may return.
The National Weather Service said Decatur-area residents should see a high near 27 today, with another one to two inches of snow possible, and an east wind around 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 16 and an east wind around 5-10 mph.
The temperature is forecast to rise into the upper 30s on Wednesday, under sunny skies, followed by a low around 28. A 40 percent chance of freezing rain is seen by the weather bureau.
A 40 percent chance or rain is also possible Thursday, but it won't be freezing rain as the high is predicted to be in the low 40s. Chances of rain that night are pegged at 70 percent chance, with a low in only the low 30s.
The long-range forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of snow here Friday.
At 7 a.m. today, the National Weather Service in Fort Wayne reported a reading of 17 degrees with a northeast wind at 8 mph creating a wind chill of 7. The Decatur weather station had a reading of 18 at 7 a.m., after a Monday high of 31.
Fort Wayne ISP busy
The Associated Press said dozens of accidents, including a two-vehicle crash that killed a 9-year-old near Kokomo, occurred on Monday.
Indiana State Police patrol officers were busy through the day dealing with crashes and spinoffs caused by freezing rain and snow in the northern part of the state. The Fort Wayne post handled 26 crashes and 35 slide-offs from midnight through 6 p.m.
In Ohio, thousands of people lost electricity and schools are canceling or delaying classes in the wake of a storm that dumped heavy rain, ice and snow.
FirstEnergy Corp. reported Tuesday that more than 27,000 customers had no power across northern Ohio, with more than half the outages in the Toledo area. The power company has said some customers may not have service restored until Wednesday.
Monday’s mix of rain, sleet and up to 7 inches of snow across the region has taken a toll on power lines and made roads dicey. The Akron and Canton schools closed Tuesday, while scores of other districts chose to open later.
Airports in Columbus, Dayton and the Cincinnati area reported record rainfall for the date on Monday before a changeover to snow