Local Briefs

Sentinel drops paywall

In anticipation of the bad weather and the possibility of missing postal drops for delivery to homes on Friday, plus having no newspaper on Saturday due to the Christmas holiday, the Sentinel-Tribune will take down the paywall for its online access and e-edition beginning Thursday evening.

The paywall will return Tuesday afternoon.

EMA updates weekend forecast

Wood County Emergency Management Director Jeff Klein reports that the forecast has continued to remain constant for rain Thursday, with a drop of temperatures to a low of 10 degrees early Friday morning. Winds of 35-40 mph with gusts up to 55mph are expected. The National Weather Service in Cleveland remains confident travel will be very hazardous throughout the day Friday.

Temperatures Friday and Saturday will be in the single digits, combined with the wind, dangerous wind chills will be forecasted.

Sunday will be dry with winds decreasing between 12-18 mph and high of 13 degrees with a low of 4 degrees.

There is low confidence with the snowfall from just about all meteorologists. The consensus is averaging 4 inches total for this event.

Otsego, Eastwood close campuses

TONTOGANY — Due to the likelihood of nasty weather over the next few days especially ice and strong winds, the Otsego Local Schools campus will be closed starting at 6 tonight to noon Monday.

There will be no games, practices, or rehearsals allowed during that time.

The details regarding the boy’s basketball game scheduled for Friday at Gibsonburg are still being worked out.

The Eastwood campus and Pemberville School will be closed Friday through Sunday to all activities. Administrators will determine Monday when buildings will reopen for practices, but noon will most likely be the earliest.

Knitters invited to social circle

Join the Wood County District Public Library for Stitch, Please!, a new social knitting circle that meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room C at the Bowling Green library.

Stitch, Please! is for people of all skill levels, even for those who have never picked up knitting needles. If you’re new to knitting, this circle will teach you basic skills to get started on your newest hobby.

Bring a current project or start a new one. The first social is Jan. 17 and 15 seats remain.

Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

To register, call 419-352-5050, email [email protected], or register online at wcdpl.org/events.

Births

Blair and Cassidy Palmer, a boy, Dec. 20, Wood County Hospital.

Autumn Renee Geckle, a girl, Dec. 20, Wood County Hospital.

Forecast

Hazardous weather outlook: From tonight to Saturday evening, the National Weather Service is predicting a multi-hazard winter storm with a combination of strong winds, very cold temperatures, snow, and blowing snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as 30 below zero.

Tonight: Rain before 1 a.m., then rain and snow until 2 a.m., then snow after 2 a.m. Patchy blowing snow after 4 a.m. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -4. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 16 mph becoming west 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: Snow likely, mainly before 1 p.m. Patchy blowing snow. Cloudy and cold, with a high near 9. Windy, with a southwest wind 31 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Overnight, a chance of snow before 1 a.m. Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a low around 2. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Extended: Areas of blowing snow Saturday. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 10. Windy. Patchy blowing snow overnight before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Partly sunny Christmas Day, with a high near 13 and a low around 7. On Monday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 24.