Isolated severe thunderstorms possible Wednesday & Thursday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A storm system will move into NW Ohio Wednesday afternoon and evening and then continuing into Thursday (8/15 & 16).  Although widespread severe weather is not expected, some isolated thunderstorms could become strong or even severe at times. The primary threat from this storm system will be an abundance of tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico that will be available to the storm system.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday afternoon with a better chance of persistent rain/storms likely by evening into the overnight hours and a good portion of Thursday.  It will be possible for thunderstorms to start “training” (one right after the other) over the area which could lead to flooding issues in some areas where these training storms may set up. Please exercise extra caution if you have to travel Wednesday night and into Thursday as roadways may have ponding of water or may even have deeper flooding water at times especially in areas of training thunderstorms.

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Wood County expecting early morning snow Wednesday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: We were just provided (at 5 p.m.)  an update of the strong storm system moving through the Ohio Valley tonight and tomorrow morning.  The storm is taking a slightly more northerly track which could push measurable snow up into the Wood County area Wednesday morning.  Up to 2” of snow is possible through Central and Southern Wood County with 1” or less expected in Northern Wood County.  Some areas near Fostoria in Southeastern Wood County could see slightly higher amounts in the morning. This is not a big snow maker, but we have not had measurable snow in several weeks so please allow extra travel time in the morning and use extra caution when traveling for the Wednesday morning commute.

Warm weather melts away need for long snowplow shifts

(Editor’s Note: Who would have thought winter would have ended so abruptly? After spending a couple hours in a city snowplow during the last “snow emergency,” the story sat in my notebook for more than a week as I waited for another snowy day. However, since the forecast is calling for spring-like temperatures for the next 10 days, I decided to post this now before summer-like weather arrives. Many thanks to Chris Mendieta for letting me ride shotgun for a couple hours, pushing me up into the truck when I got stuck midway, and for keeping the heat cranked up in the truck that morning.)   By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   While much of Bowling Green sleeps, Chris Mendieta and his fellow city workers rumble past our homes to clear a path for us to get to work, school, wherever. It’s easy for citizens to complain about untouched side streets, or plowed in driveways. But few of them have sat in the same driver’s seat as Mendieta, high up in the 1999 snowplow. By 7 a.m., he has already been working on clearing streets since midnight, with another five hours until his shift ends. Mendieta’s route is Ward 1, and a portion of Ward 2. That means he has to squeeze the big truck through the narrow East Side streets like Reed and Merry. “These are really tight streets,” he said as he swung the truck onto Leroy Avenue. “These are big trucks to get through here.” The “snow emergency” has not yet been declared on this day, so the streets are still littered with parked cars. Mendieta points out the nicked utility poles on the opposite side of the road from parked cars. “You take your time,” but sometimes the plow scrapes up the poles in the driver’s attempt to avoid the cars, he said. The snow is coming down in big wet flakes as Mendieta turns onto North Enterprise. “I was just down this section an hour ago. You can’t even tell I was here,” he said. The goal in…

Keep an eye on rising rivers

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following weather advisory: Light to sometimes moderate rain will continue through the morning hours before tapering off early this afternoon. Colder temperatures will also be moving into the area today and will mix with more precipitation from another storm system moving across Southeast Ohio tonight and tomorrow morning. A wintry mix will be possible late tonight and into the drive times Thursday morning. Conditions may become slippery with some freezing rain and sleet. Higher chances of mixed precipitation will be to our southeast (Akron to Mansfield to Lima). At this hour, the Portage River is cresting around 10.77 feet which is minor flood stage. Because of the current rain, the crest will likely last a little longer than normal; however, no major increases in river levels are anticipated at this time. At this hour, the Maumee River at Grand Rapids continues to rise. Mayor Berry reports that flood prone areas such as the campgrounds and park are beginning to fill with water. Forecast models indicate the river cresting in the minor flood stage; however, a lot of rain has fallen in the upper Maumee River basin in Northeast Indiana, so we will need to continue to monitor the Maumee River for days to come. Another weaker storm system will impact the area Friday through Sunday with mostly rain; however, Friday morning may also see a wintry mix at times. Please use extra caution when driving Thursday and Friday mornings.

Heavier snow on its way

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will move into the area after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning.  This will be a longer duration snowfall which will last through the early morning hours of Saturday.  Heavier snow bands are likely by late Friday morning and into the afternoon hours.  With the current projected path, the heavier snow (6”+ of new snow) will be north of the Maumee River and that area is currently under a Winter Storm WATCH.  Areas south of the Maumee River (including Wood County) are currently forecasted to be in the 3”-5” range.  Areas south of the Maumee River will likely have a Winter Weather ADVISORY issues by Thursday evening if the current forecasted storm path holds true. As the above information indicates, Wood County is very close to the heavier (6”+) forecasted snow area.  With snowfall still 38 hours away and there is always the potential for a slight change in the forecasted path of the storm, everyone should be prepared for the potential of heavier snow from this storm system should a slight change to the south occur.  It would only take 20 miles to the south of a change in the forecasted storm path to put Wood County into the heavier snow totals, so it is important to monitor local media and weather radios for the latest weather information over the next 48 hours. And yes, there is another likelihood of accumulating snow on Sunday…potentially heavier snowfall.  Again, please check with local media and weather radios over the weekend for the latest information on Sunday’s storm system.

Winter weather update on week’s second storm

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will impact Ohio overnight tonight (Feb. 6) and into at least the first half of Wednesday.  Snow will begin well after midnight tonight and begin to taper off by early afternoon on Wednesday.  Expected snowfall is around 2” total for this storm.  Once again, Northeast, Central, and Southeast Ohio will see the biggest impacts from this storm with 4”+ expected in those areas.  Obviously, this storm will have more of a solid impact on the Wednesday morning commute due to falling snow.  Winds are not expected to be an issue with this storm system. We are still monitoring the Thursday night/Friday storm system.  At this time it is starting to look like a few inches of new snow, but the exact path is still underdetermined, so forecasted snow totals could still go up or down.

Keep your snow shovels handy

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: A very active storm tract through the Ohio Valley and the Lower Great Lakes will bring three storm systems with accumulating snow to our area this week. Storm No. 1 will move into the area late this evening and into the overnight hours.  1.5”-2” of fluffy type snow can be expected.  Tuesday morning’s commute may be slippery. Storm No. 2 will move into the area late Tuesday evening and into the morning hours of Wednesday.  0.5”-1.5” of new snowfall can be expected.  Wednesday morning’s commute will likely be slippery as well.  (Heavier snow in Central/Southern Ohio and into NE Ohio) Storm No. 3 will move into the are late Thursday and possibly continue into the early weekend.  This will be a strong storm system that will have the potential for heavy snow; however, the exact storm path is not known yet, so we will continue to monitor this storm as it develops and moves across the country.  Again, this storm may have more significant snowfall if the storm path puts the heavier snow bands across NW Ohio.  More information on this storm later in the week.