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Winter weather packs punch

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

It’s not even officially winter yet, but Old Man Winter has shown up anyway.

Grant County received 2 to 4 inches of snow over the weekend, but more snow and freezing rain are headed this way.

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, there is an 80 percent chance of snow, freezing rain and sleet blowing into Grant County before 3 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. The snow accumulation is expected to be 1 to 2 inches.

A quarter inch of freezing rain could coat highways, trees and power lines. Meanwhile the state remains blanketed in cold air. Temperatures in Grant County dipped to 7 degrees on Dec. 12.

Whether sleet, snow or freezing rain, Grant County’s road department believes they are  ready.

“Well, we are as ready as we can be when we are talking about the weather,” said Steve Tatum, Grant County Road Department Supervisor.

Tatum said when forecasters are predicting freezing rain or sleet, the road department is forced to use more salt.

“It’s totally different when you are talking about ice because treating it is about all you can do,” Tatum said. “Even a snow plow won’t do any good because it just goes right over the ice.”

Grant County’s road department has eight employees and nine trucks to use for clearing roads.

Tatum said it takes them 10 to 12 hours to make at least one pass on all the county’s roads and streets in Crittenden and Corinth.

Tatum said the county has plenty of supplies for treating the roads, at least for now, but if the winter is particularly bad or long, then more supplies will be needed.

He reported the road department encountered no problems with the first snow of the season on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

Below, is the forecast from Channel 9 WCPO meteorologist Steve Raleigh for the snow coming Thursday.

 

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