Bitter cold temperatures remain in northwest Ohio

From staff reports | @crescentnews Published:

With the winter snowstorm over in the Midwest, what remains are arctic cold temperatures. Overnight, temperatures dipped well below zero. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill advisory for the day.

NWS reported lows of minus 17 overnight, with daytime highs of minus 2 to 4. Winds out of the west to northwest are expected, with gusts of 25-30 mph. Blowing and drifting snow will continue, especially on north-south roadways.

Wind chills between minus 30 and minus 40 were expected this morning. Wind chills for the afternoon are expected to be between minus 20 and minus 30. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes with these wind chills.

Operating on a level 3 snow emergency are the counties of Henry, Defiance, Williams, Fulton, Putnam and Paulding.

All schools in Defiance, Henry, Williams, Fulton, Paulding and Putnam counties remained closed again today. All offices located at Defiance City Hall, 631 Perry St., will remain closed today, while other essential city services will be in operation.

Other closings included the Mercy Defiance Clinic and Urgent Care, Mercy Napoleon Clinic, Henry County Board of DD/HOPE Services, Henry County Senior Center, Northwest State Community College, Paulding County Board of DD, Williams County Board of DD, Fulton County Board of DD, Brookhill Center in Putnam County, all county offices in Paulding, Defiance College, Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.

High winds, as well as vehicle accidents caused sporadic power outages across the area.

This morning, Toledo Edison, had an outage on Ohio 108 between Holgate and Miller City that was affecting up to 20 customers. Power was expected to be restored this morning. On Monday, Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op lost transmission service to its Herbert Monroe and Monroeville substations, which affected approximately 1,000 of its members in the New Haven, Ind. area. Those outages were caused by high winds, which "caused the electric lines to bounce or gallop. The bouncing causes the lines to short out and can cause equipment to be damaged." Other outages the company dealt with were caused by vehicle accidents. All service was restored this morning.

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