MEIGS COUNTY — Even if Monday had not been President’s Day, schools in Meigs County would have remain closed, as Winter Storm Olympia made her way across much of the Midwest — and Meigs County.
According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Maura Casey, reports called into the National Weather Service as of Monday had three inches of snow on the ground in Meigs County. The amount was reported from Salem Center in southwestern Meigs County.
“There seemed to be a pretty quick drop-off at the (Interstate) 64 corridor,” Casey said. “Huntington got 5-6 inches, and then it dropped into the 3-4 inch range in Mason County. Going forward throughout Monday, the snow in the area was set to turn into rain, freezing rain or sleet by early afternoon, turning into rain after 2 p.m. Monday.”
Casey said there is a flooding advisory through 10 a.m. Tuesday, with potentially two inches of rain falling locally and some concerns of flooding in low-lying areas. Casey also said snow in the area will melt, which may add two-tenths of an inch to a half inch of rain and increase flooding chances in low-lying areas.
For Meigs County, residents could see a mix of snow and rain before 9 a.m. with rain falling throughout the evening before 11 p.m., and a chance of snow showers after midnight. However, this amount will be less than one-tenth of an inch, with conditions beginning to dry out in the region Wednesday. There will be a slight chance of precipitation Friday, but with a low in the mid-40s, residents should only expect to see rain.
Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith praised Meigs County crews for their work during the wet and cold holiday to keep residents safe.
“All you have to do is cross into another county and see how blessed we are to have the ODOT crews that we have here in Meigs,” Commissioner Randy Smith said. “Along with the county highway department, they are so quick to get our roads not only ready for a storm, but they work hard during the storms to get the roads clear and safe.”
From Sunday night through Monday afternoon, Meigs was elevated to a Level 2 snow emergency back to a Level 1, which is decided upon by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Keith Wood also praised officials who are in charge of clearing the roadways in the county, saying they do a tremendous job.
“They communicate closely with us, along with the county garage, to keep the road level conditions information (available) to the public,” Wood said.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.