Winter takes swipe at the area

    All those mild holiday conditions went by the wayside in Decatur and Adams County on Monday as Old Man Winter took a swipe at the area to begin the new year.
    The coldest temperatures of the season combined with a fresh one inch of snow to slicken streets in the city and county, leading to a number of slideoffs yesterday. An Adams County Sheriff's Department spokesman said this morning there were no known injuries.
    City streets were in "pretty good shape, but there are some slick places," Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said.
    "We salted some yesterday (Monday) and we're out this morning hitting some intersections (with salt) and such," he continued. "But for the most part, we're in pretty good shape."
    All public school systems were operating on normal schedules as classes reopened following the holiday break.
    The city weather station had an 18-degree reading at 7 a.m today, which was the overnight low. Monday's high was 25.
    Adams County was placed under a travel advisory at 4:30 p.m. Monday and it remained in effect this morning.
    A travel advisory, according to the Indiana Uniform Travel Alert adopted in Adams County, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas
    The National Weather Service offered up some good news this morning: No precipitation in the immediate future and warmer temperatures on the way.
    Forecasters said there was a chance of scattered snow showers in the Decatur area before 1 p.m. today, but we would see some sunshine as the high made it only to about 24 degrees.
    A west wind between 10 and 15 mph was predicted; however, winds were at only 3 mph at 8 a.m. today at the weather bureau's Fort Wayne office.
    A low of around 21 is on tap for the Decatur area tonight, with a southwest wind between 5 and 15 mph.
    No more precipitation is expected through at least Friday, according ot the weather bureau. Wednesday's high will be near 33 under partly sunny skies. Winds will continue to be brisk, though, at about 15 mph out of the southwest.
    A high around 38 is seen for Thursday, and Friday's high may be in the mid-40s, forecasters said.