Last updated: January 30. 2014 1:19PM - 891 Views
By - emowen@civitasmedia.com

Road crews battled the drifting and blowing snow over the weekend, trying to keep roads passable for area traffic. Frigid temperatures only made the road conditions worse.
Road crews battled the drifting and blowing snow over the weekend, trying to keep roads passable for area traffic. Frigid temperatures only made the road conditions worse.
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At press time, Monday, Jan. 27, a wind chill warning was in effect for Preble County until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Preble County remained under a Level 1 Snow Advisory, issued by Sheriff Mike Simpson, until after 4 p.m. on Monday. Simpson had only downgraded the advisory on Sunday, after having placed the county on a Level 2 Snow Advisory just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

That wind chill warning followed a wind chill advisory that ended at noon Monday, as the national weather service canceled a winter weather advisory which had been in effect for the area all weekend.

According to forecasts, bitter cold temperatures and wind chills were expected to continue to make their way into the area, with strong west winds of 15-25 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 mph expected.

Temperatures fell through the single digits on Monday, with values reaching as low as 15 below expected. The low temperatures combined with high winds were expected to bring dangerous wind chill readings in the 10-20 below zero range Monday, falling to as low as 25-35 below zero Monday evening, and wind chill values on Tuesday of 10-20 below zero. Tuesday evening, wind chills could reach 25-35 below zero.

The National Weather Service said travel difficulties would remain possible due to blowing snow and refreezing on untreated roads.

By Monday evening, all five school districts in Preble County had announced closures for Tuesday, as had several agencies, including the Preble County DD, Preble County Educational Service Center, and Preble County Council on Aging.

Temperatures were forecast to reach highs in the 30s by the end of the week.

The frigid winter weather that has stayed with the area for the first part of 2014 has come at a time when officials are worried about the shortage of supplies of propane, a major source used for heating area homes.

Last week, Gov. John R. Kasich issued a statewide energy emergency declaration in order to expedite shipments of propane gas and help ease tight propane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell.

Propane gas is a common home-heating fuel in rural Ohio and delivered to both suppliers and homes by truck. Kasich is also asking the federal government to take similar steps so that propane gas shipments can come into Ohio more quickly from other states.

“This will help get propane companies resupplied so Ohioans who use propane to heat their homes can stay warm, while also doing it safely. We’re also working closely with county officials to look out for people whose supplies might be getting low. I urge folks to look out for one another right now. Check in on your neighbors, especially seniors or families with young kids, and call your local Red Cross or EMA if there’s anyone who needs help. We’ll get through this as we always do, by working together,” said Kasich.

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