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Snow blankets county, cancels schools

Surprised school children got the day off and those trying to get to work this morning had their commutes slowed by an overnight weather system that dumped an inch-plus of snowfall on Logan and surrounding counties.

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A plow truck makes its way along west Columbus Avenue this morning. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Crews from the Logan County Engineer’s Office began clearing county roads about 6:30 a.m. today.

“We had all our trucks geared up and ready to go yesterday afternoon,” said Todd Bumgardner, an engineering technician with the engineer’s office. “All 12 trucks are on the road.

“We had some reports of a few downed trees and a couple accidents here and there, but we’re hearing less of that as the morning wears on.”

Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith reported a few slide-off crashes this morning, but no major crashes.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, however, is investigating a serious two-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:15 a.m. today along State Route 292 north of Ridgeway that may have been weather related.

Each school in the county and West Liberty-Salem postponed classes today. Several schools in Union and Champaign counties were operating on two-hour delays.

Mr. Bumgardner said trucks were equipped Monday to clear roadways in anticipation of a snow event.

“Obviously, we were aware that something like this could happen and our guys worked yesterday to get ready,” he said.

Bellefontaine wastewater treatment plant recorded 1.5 inches of snowfall this morning.

“It’s a little earlier than we’re used to,” Mr. Bumgardner said. “We’re still trying to wrap up our mowing schedule for the year.”

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon’s office reported that as of this morning countywide beggar’s night is still scheduled to go on as planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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