By LINDA WOODLAND
It didn’t take long for area schools to begin calling for 2-hour delays once the latest winter storm system moved into the area Wednesday night.
The snow began falling around 6 p.m. and soon snow-covered roads began to become hazardous.
Within a few hours, schools began delaying the start of classes for today.
Two-hour delays for school were declared by Fostoria, Arcadia, Elmwood, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota, New Riegel, Old Fort, Seneca County Opportunity Center and Vanlue.
As of press time Wednesday night, no schools had closed, but by today’s delivery of the newspaper, that could change.
At press time, Seneca, Hancock and Wood counties were all under a Level 1 snow emergency. Level 1 is declared when roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. today.
The National Weather Service is forecasting mixed precipitation with additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze throughout portions of northwest, northeast and north central Ohio.
NWS advises motorists should plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Slow down and use caution while traveling.
The heaviest precipitation was forecast to take place through about 2 a.m. today. Lighter precipitation is expected for early today but look out for freezing temperatures.
As the low pressure system moves away late this morning, an arctic front will advance early this afternoon, the NWS reports.
Temperature are forecast to fall into the upper 20s this afternoon. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight.
Little or no additional snow accumulation is forecast but it will be much colder with lows around 7 above, NWS reports. Northwest winds will be 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Wind chill values can plunge as low as 1 below zero.
Friday will be partly cloudy and cooler with highs around 19, NWS reports. Northwest winds will be 5 to 10 mph and wind chill values as low as 5 below.
Clearing will get underway Friday night but lows will be around 9 above and wind chill values as low as 3 below.