Crawford gets first snow of season


By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer



Snow covers Harding Way East in Uptowne Galion.


The first accumulating snow of the season fell on Crawford County on Monday.

Although roads were a little slick early throughout the day, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reported that no crashes occurred due to weather.

City crews in Galion and were out early on Monday.

“We used some salt about a week ago and then again on Monday,” said Galion Service Safety Director John Swain. “That was it so far this winter.”

Swain says the city must make an obligation to the state to lock in a certain price for salt in August.

“So we have approximately 350 tons of salt in storage,” Swain said.

Swain said the city is in good shape since the weather has been warmer than usual this winter.

While area municipalities are using less salt than normal due to the lack of ice and snow, local wildlife is benefiting as well.

“We are in the midst of a severe El Nino year and the effect is that the weather is much warmer than usual,” said Warren Uxley, a naturalist at the Crawford Park District.

“The last two winters were very harsh and much harder on wildlife. From butterflies to birds, colder winters are difficult so the warmer weather is making life much easier for them,” Uxley said.

Although the week started out with temperatures plummeting as low as 13 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill, temperatures are predicted to rise again by the end of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, snow showers are in the forecast for Thursday night and throughout the weekend but temperatures are predicted to reach as high as 46 degrees.

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Snow covers Harding Way East in Uptowne Galion.
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_weather.jpgSnow covers Harding Way East in Uptowne Galion.

By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer

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