DUMPIN' .... This scene on Madison St. downtown on Thursday was repeated uncountable times this week as city personnel cleared snow and ice from streets. Similar efforts occurred on county roads and in the communities of Berne, Monroe and Geneva. (Photo by Eric Mann)
Decatur and Adams County were about back to normal today — normal being amid huge piles of snow — albeit on the frigid side.
School systems were in operation on normal schedules for the first time since Monday and all weather code alerts have been called off. Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August announced at noon Thursday that the county was "back to normal operations."
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that trash pickup "is back on schedule." There was no collection on Wednesday, so two days of trash was picked up on Thursday.
"We're concentrating today on getting some of the areas cleaned up and working on the alleys," Gilbert said of ongoing snow-removal efforts. "Everything else is in pretty good shape."
Approximately 12 inches of snow is on the ground in Decatur.
The county got a bit of a break overnight when original predictions of zero to below-zero temperatures failed to materialize. The Decatur weather station recorded a low of 10 above, after a Thursday high of 21.
The weather station had a reading of 10 at 7 a.m., while the Fort Wayne weather bureau was reporting a reading of 6 at the same time, with a 13 mph wind from the southwest producing a wind chill of 10 below.
There was some good news to come out of the Decatur weather station: precipitation in the past 24 hours was zero.
The National Weather Service said the Decatur area should see a high near 25 today, under sunny skies, with a southwest wind around 10 mph. A low of around 18 tonight should be followed by a Saturday high near 30 and a low around 30. A high near 33 is seen for Sunday, with a low around 25.
Chances of precipitation are listed by the weather bureau as follows: tonight, 30 percent; Saturday, 50 percent; Saturday night, 30 percent; Sunday, 40 percent; Sunday night, 50 percent.