Season’s first winter storm hammers Switzerland County

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For weeks, forecasters have been predicting heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, but Switzerland County has escaped those predictions.

Until now.

The first major snowstorm of the season struck Switzerland County late Sunday night and early Monday morning, and then continued to dump snow on the area until late in the afternoon on Monday.

Area weather spotters showed the county getting nine inches of snowfall on Monday – by some counts the heaviest snow amount in the region – which led a television news crew from Cincinnati to travel here to interview local residents.

The Switzerland County School Corporation fell into a bit of luck with the Monday snowfall. The school had already built Monday – which was President’s Day – into the calendar as a possible make up day. Since the school had not been forced to close because of weather for the season, schools were already closed, so that day does not have to be made up.

Schools were closed again on Tuesday, as the valiant workers of the Switzerland County Highway Department worked tirelessly to get county roads cleared of snow and ice. In Vevay, town workers were also busy trying to clear the town’s streets; and workers in Patriot were also working long hours trying to clear streets there.

The storm then transitioned into a freezer, and temperatures on Monday night and Tuesday morning fell well below zero.

State Roads 56 and 156 began to show signs of improvement on Tuesday, as bright sunshine helped melt the surface snow on roadways although temperatures stayed in the teens.

It didn’t warm up much yesterday (Wednesday) as temperatures were expected to drop overnight to as low as -6, with a wind chill of -20.

Today (Thursday) the high temperature is expected to be just 9 degrees; with a low tonight of -6.

Tomorrow (Friday) things are expected to warm up a bit, with a high during the day of 23 and a low tomorrow night of 16 – but that also brings a 40-percent chance of a mixture of rain and snow to the county.

That mixture of rain and snow is expected to again be at about 50-percent on Saturday, as highs reach near 40; and a low of about 27 on Saturday night. For Sunday, the high is expected to be 34 with a low of 16 overnight on Sunday.

Things will then clear off and get a little warmer next week, with an expected high of 29 on Monday and 32 on Tuesday.