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Deep freeze settles in PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER and PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writers   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:34
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Drifting snow surrounds cars traveling on North Dixie Highway Monday in Perrysburg. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Blowing snow and record-breaking temperatures tested the mettle of drivers and residents as a Level 3 Snow Emergency was in force in Wood County for a second straight day.
The air temperature was minus 15 in Bowling Green as of midnight, which breaks the record of 12 below zero set in 1924. Many city and village offices remained closed, and all county offices and departments were closed, with the exception of 24-hour facilities.
“We’re still at a Level 3,” said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, who was driving and checking roadways this morning.
He indicated that while the winds had died down from their Monday velocities, many sections of State Routes 582 and 199 were drifting, causing only a single lane to be available, though crews were working to get them cleared.
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Survival strategy: stock up and hunker down PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER & PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writers   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:07
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Lukas Killian chats with customers January 6, 2013 while bagging items at Kazmaier's Market in Perrysburg, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
As snow and frigid temperatures sock in much of the region, items ranging from household staples to sleds are flying off area store shelves.
Jackie Siekmann, a spokesperson for Kroger, said that during such conditions people tend to get "the French Toast Syndrome," meaning they purchase "the bread, the eggs, the milk."
Ingredients for chili, such as ground beef and tomatoes, chicken noodle soup, bottled water, and such things as toilet paper, batteries, cigarettes and diapers are popular as well as people hunker down and settle in for what could be days without going out.
Sherry Baranski, assistant manager at Churchill's in Perrysburg, noted that over the past two days "everything" has been selling.
"But we ran out of bread. That was one of them," she said, indicating that there was no real "rhyme or reason" to what was being bought.
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Wood County snowplow drivers brave the cold PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:09
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John Ziegler is a snow plow driver based at the Wood County Highway Garage in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
John Ziegler knows first-hand the perils of wintry weather: when others are safe at home watching the snow fall and drift, he's out in it.
Ziegler is one of more than 20 truck operators at the Wood County Highway Garage, and has been plowing the area's highways and byways for 17 winters.
"Of course, I always compare everything to the Blizzard (of '78)," he said of the wintry conditions he's experienced over the years.
For the past 15 years of his tenure, Ziegler has plowed Liberty Hi Road, Bishop Road, Poe Road and Bowling Green Road West.
A North Baltimore resident, Ziegler noted that Monday's conditions made it difficult to keep roads clear. He said that no sooner had one road been cleared than it was "plugged shut" by the blowing and drifting snow.
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Snow shuts down region PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER and PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writers   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:31
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Snow builds as John McAvoy shovels his sidewalk along Poe Road Sunday afternoon. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County was put under a Level 3 Snow Emergency this morning after a winter snow squall dropped seven inches on the area, and winds caused blowing and drifting.
“I’m out on the roads right now and we definitely are starting to have a lot of blowing and drifting,” said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn this morning. MORE PHOTOS
According to the Sheriff’s Office website, under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, “all municipal, township, county, state and U.S. routes in the county are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work as only employees designated by their employer as essential may go to work and only if their route is passable.”
Wasylyshyn said that while winds died down around 4 a.m. this morning, they began to pick up again between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
After speaking with both Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert and Gary Britten, superintendent of the Wood County Highway Garage, it was decided to go to a Level 3.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:48
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