Blizzard warning cancelled; winter weather advisory in effect

Snow drifts, icy roads remain threat
Sandusky Register Staff
Dec 25, 2012

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE update (posted 6:15 p.m.)

A blizzard warning has been lifted, but Northern Ohio counties along the lake coast are still grappling with blowing snow on roads as the weather heads east. The conditions will make for dangerous travel and some roads may be impassable from drifting snow. Visibility could be limited at times

Temperatures should remain in the upper 20s.

Motorists are advised to have a winter survival kit with them at all times. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle, moving to shelter only if it's within eye sight.

AREA CANCELLATIONS

• All practices for Dec. 26 at Sandusky High School and Middle School are cancelled.

• Danbury Township trustees have cancelled tonight's meeting. It is rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

• The Sandusky Library will close at 3 p.m. today.

• A number of area businesses have closed early, including Mr. Smith's Coffee House and Cameo Pizza (Sandusky and Huron locations).

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. — According to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Ottawa County is also now under a Level 2 snow emergency, given snow drifts and icy roads. 

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. — While residents are buckling in for a long night, a number of area businesses are closing early. Mr. Smith's Coffe House closed at 2 p.m., and Cameo Pizza in Huron and Sandusky is closed tonight.

UPDATED 3:06 p.m. — Sandusky County is now under a Level 2 snow emergency. Roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, and roads may be icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the road.

UPDATED 1:41 p.m. — Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has issued a Level 1 snow emergency, which means roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious.

UPDATED 12:30 p.m. — Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has changed the snow emergency to Level 2.

UPDATED 12:02 p.m. — Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth has issued a Level 1 snow emergency.

11:30 a.m. — Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has issued a Level 1 snow emergency.

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Comments

donutshopguy

Maybe I might get to use my snowblower this year. Bring it on.

luvblues2

Bring it.

totallyamazed

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Everyone be safe
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Gardenman

I too have a new snowblower. It is a huge one with dual stage and huge motor. Regardless I can stay in tomorrow so I do hope that those who really do have to get out are OK nd all get back home safely to their families.

he said she said

I will use my old fashioned shovel...might take me a while, but it's still fun to throw snow at the dog.

Everyone be safe! We all know that people forget how to drive when it snows.

Merry Holidays to everyone!

Fromthe419

With the temperatures in the low 30's it will probably be heavy wet snow. If you have teenage kids maybe have them stop by an elderly person's home on your street and have them shovel the driveway and sidewalk for them. I know I'll be sending mine out for the two retired couples that live near me. A good deed done and possibly save an old timer's back

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2cents

I bought a Honda back in 1990, they still make a similar model. See here, that sucker surpised the heck out of me with it's throw and power. It is designed superb, a little pricy but I blew my 6 elderly neighbors out for 5 winters before I moved, it is hydrostatic so I drive it up ramps in my truck to blow out friends and family all the time. Almost no maintaince, changed the augers one time from wear because I forgot to service the skids. It even just cuts through the junk at the end of a drive that a plow pushes in so easy and throws the snow up over the power lines. Great machine and no I do not sell Honda anything!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v...

http://powerequipment.honda.com/... The newer model here.

meowmix

I have 5 hair dryers and a multi-plug extension cord. I'm set. Phooey on your fancy machines!! :}

Huron_1969

Having a Clark Griswold moment ? Lol

meowmix

lolol...just adding some levity to this panic..

dougphares

Could we have more coverage of the expected storm track and severity? This update is pretty old...

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2cents

http://www.intellicast.com/Natio...

Put a shortcut on your desktop.

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2cents

http://www.intellicast.com/Natio...

Put a shortcut on your desktop.

donutshopguy

From the 419,

Great idea with the kids. Used to do the same thing with my kids when they were living at home. They learned a valuable lesson about being neighbors. Now, this old man takes care of my younger neighbors with my snowblower.

Yellow Snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...... every where I go .......

Shrekone

Snowblower is ready to rumble.

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TKeegan73

Got both my snow blowers ready and just got done outfitting my 4x4 with all my tow ropes and shovels, as with every snow storm I always go out driving around and helping stranded drivers, either pulling them out of ditches, medians or even plowed in driveways. I do this all as a volunteer basis but tips are appreciated and hot coffee is gold to me....lol

meowmix

Phooey again..I have my milk, bread, eggs..beer & cigarettes..by golly bring it on! (but, if the power goes out can I come stay at your house??) :]

crazyaide

the National weather service has changed the Blizzard warning to end @ 7pm this evening.

Dr. Information

This was no blizzard at all. Gotta love current mainstream media........hype everything up. Since when was 4-5 inches a blizzard?

luvblues2

A blizzard has nothing to do with inches, Mr. Misinformation.
How about a dictionary lookup for you?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/d...

Dr. Information

A long severe storm.........It wasn't
A strongly intense cold wind w fine snow......It wasn't in most of the area.

The next time there is 25mph winds and fine snow that adds up to about an inch....I expect the news stations to announce it was a BLIZZARD........

Centauri

It was a blizzard warning and with a more modern definition of a blizzard, conditions were met.

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/Defi... Warning
"A Blizzard Warning means that the following conditions are occurring or expected within the next 12 to 18 hours.
1) Snow and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for 3 hours or longer
AND
2) Sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater.
There is no temperature requirement that must be met to achieve blizzard conditions."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com...
"The current definition of a blizzard, a la National Weather Service (NWS), has been relaxed significantly. It is a storm with snow and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for three hours or longer AND sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater, with no temperature requirement. (Contrary to popular belief, a blizzard need not be accompanied by heavy snow or even falling snow, since, under the right conditions, just a few inches of newly fallen snow may qualify.)"

Centauri

http://tinyurl.com/btt75c6

Ohio 1978 blizzard photographs.

Centauri

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cle/wx_e...

I got caught in that 1978 blizzard and I recall a few people died in Erie County and other areas of Ohio. The chill factor had to be close to 60 below because of the cold heavy winds. The winds pushed vehicles across parking lots and off the roads. If you ventured out of your vehicle or home, you could not see 3 feet in front of you, you could not breathe and your eye lids would freeze shut.

I still have my old 1978 Sandusky Register that had all of the stories and photographs of Erie County, Ohio of the great blizzard of 1978.

Centauri

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"In a matter of two hours, the temperature fell 30 degrees, hurricane-force winds tore through the area and visibility was near zero. Before it was all over, the wind chill would reach a low of minus 70, which could freeze exposed skin in less than a minute.

At least nine people in the area died as a result of the blizzard, most of whom froze in their own homes or on the road headed to a shelter."

luvblues2

Thanx for the links, Centauri. I was in Denver CO at the time and missed it. We had maybe an inch.

Centauri

Here are a couple of more links about a Cleveland, Ohio truck driver who was entombed in his semi for six days near Mansfield, Ohio. His entire rig was covered by a huge snow drift. Nobody knew his truck was buried there.

http://tinyurl.com/c8338mb
newspaper article

http://tinyurl.com/cugemlg
Photo of his truck after the rescuers uncovered his rig.

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BW1

In that storm, despite the lack of ABS, all season tires, and traction control, people dealt with it. My father drove over 50 miles to work through it in a small lightweight rear wheel drive car. Now, a few inches of snow inspires mass panic.

If this region is to develop economically, then we must develop a less helpless response to the normal predictable weather. No one wants to locate a business where they will have to effectively give everyone extra time off because of weather everyone expects and has seen before.

starryeyes83

Nah, " 78 was A BLIZZARD.... that bloody storm is my benchmark for everything.