By Mark Carpenter
Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside, Old Man Winter returns and says “not so fast.” After a brief respite last week from the wrath of winter, the snow and bitter temperatures have returned to the county with a vengeance. An overnight from Monday into Tuesday snowstorm dropped another fresh three to four inches of snow to be followed by some more dangerously cold temperatures later in the week.
For local school children, it turned out to be an extra-long weekend as schools were closed last Friday, out Monday for the Martin Luther King Day holiday, and then cancelled again Tuesday with the snowstorm.
Temperatures were expected to drop during the day on Tuesday, with negative wind chills returning to the area. The additional snowfall plus the possibility of blowing and drifting snow prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning that was in effect until 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph were expected to cause even more problems for residents and drivers. During the day on Tuesday, Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers declared a Level 1 Snow Emergency for the county.
Arctic air will continue to move into the area throughout this week and temperatures below zero degrees are very possible through Friday. County residents are encouraged to take all necessary precautions both inside and outside of their homes to combat this most recent blast of winter.