The groundhog lied.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today as a blizzard-like snow storm moves its way through northern Ohio.
The most intense snowfall — at up to 2 inches per hour — was this morning and should have tapered off this afternoon.
Snowfall is supposed to be in the 5- to 10-inch range but has already exceeded that in many areas. Gusty winds — some up to 35 mph — are causing serious drifting and visibility issues.
A level 2 snow warning is in effect for Sandusky and Huron counties, which essentially means the roads are terrible and emergency officials are asking people to stay off of them if at all possible. Many roads are impassable, especially to cars, as snow plows try to keep up.
"The roads are still snow covered and slippery," said Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer at about 2 p.m. Friday. "If you don't have to be out, stay home."
Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said the Level 2 advisory for his county has been lifted. He said the wind died down considerably and roads are much improved.
Don't forget to send in your snow photos. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org today. Include photo caption information and the photographer's name. We'll put them up on the website today and may use some in the newspaper!
Stay tuned to sanduskyregister.com for live weather updates and a drive around town to look at road conditions.