a_d
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
By William Kincaid
Wind to make Grand Lake area feel like 30° BELOW
Frigid temperatures to remain through Friday
  A frigid blast of snow and wind pummeled the Grand Lake area Wednesday, with dangerously cold temperatures expected today and Friday.
The low temperatures combined with west to northwest winds are expected to produce wind chills down to minus 30 degrees tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until late Friday afternoon.
A low pressure system moved through the Midwest beginning Wednesday, with snow starting early in the morning, meteorologist Jim Loot of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said.
Nearly 5 inches of snow was reported as of this morning, with much of the heavy precipitation ending Wednesday afternoon, weather forecaster Dennis Howick of Celina said. A strong wind arrived behind this system.
"If at all possible, stay indoors," Loot warned.
If people must go outdoors, he recommended several layers of clothing, adding that all skin must be covered. During a wind chill warning, frost bite, hypothermia and death are possible if precautions are not taken, he said.
A nurse in the emergency department of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, said signs of frost bite include numbness and loss of sensitivity.
"I know people go to work, but cover up," she said.
Although she said she hasn't seen any cases of frost bite in a while, her department has treated many people for falls from the ice the last few weeks. The injuries included sprains, strains and broken bones.
At press time today, all local schools except New Bremen and Minster were closed because of the weather. Celina City Schools already announced a two-hour delay for Friday due to the cold temperatures.
Temperatures are expected to rise on Saturday to a high of 19 degrees.
Despite the subzero cold, no weather records were broken the last few days, Loot said. Howick said the area's record low is between negative 18 and 19 degrees.
Also, compared to the average three-month snow accumulation of 20 inches for November, December and January, Loot said Mercer and Auglaize counties are a few inches below that number. Howick reported 17 inches so far since November.
Additional online stories for this date
Print and E-Edition only stories for this date
• Mercer County to share $1.1 million for property upgrades
• Marion may get to continue innovative course
• Esselstein joining an elite softball club
• Fulmer and Strohl set to enter Celina Athletic Hall of Fame
• Highlight Game: St. Henry at St. John's (Friday)
a_d
Sunday
43°
Partly Sunny
2%
Sunday Night
33°
Mostly Cloudy
14%
Monday
49°
Chance Rain Showers
28%
Monday Night
42°
Rain Showers Likely
54%
Tuesday
63°
Chance Thunderstorms
55%
Tuesday Night
53°
Rain Showers
80%
Wednesday
60°
Rain Showers
80%
Wednesday Night
31°
Chance Snow Showers
66%
Thursday
40°
Chance Snow Showers
26%
Thursday Night
26°
Chance Snow Showers
42%
Friday
34°
Slight Chance Snow Showers
29%
Friday Night
23°
Mostly Cloudy
14%
3 Day
Extended
a_d
a_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
Friday, February 24
index pict
Wednesday, February 22
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Saturday, February 4
index pict
2017 Celina High School Athletic Hall of Fame