The winter storm that swept through Highland County over the weekend failed to deliver the kind of impact that forecasters had warned about, and most residents, homes and businesses escaped relatively unscathed.
Freezing rain fell throughout much of Sunday, followed by snow, but not with the accumulations many forecasters had predicted.
Sheriff Richard Warner said Monday that his department had only a couple of minor accident calls.
“It was surprisingly quiet,” he said. “I drove around the county several times yesterday and again this morning, and ODOT, the county and the trustees did a good job on the roads.”
Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Chief Bradley George echoed Warner’s comments, crediting road crews for doing a good job, and saying his department had no major fire or rescue incidents.
“We were prepared and ready, but it was business as usual,” said George.
Other parts of the state and region weren’t quite as lucky. Dozens of schools were closed or delayed in parts of central and southern Ohio as crews continued to work to rid roads of snow and ice from the latest winter storm, according to the Associated Press.
Counties south and southeast of Columbus reported hazardous driving conditions early Monday as remnants of Sunday’s storm hung around before moving off to the east.
The conditions were accompanied by bone-chilling temperatures in a winter that just won’t end. Wind chills were below zero early Monday in many parts of the state.
The state transportation department has been ordering more salt to help communities, but officials say demand has outpaced supply. They say the state could wind up using nearly twice the average winter amount of 630,000 tons.
The forecast called for a week of mostly clear skies and slowly rising temperatures.