Snow buries county, closes schools


DARKE COUNTY — Upwards of 6 to 8 inches of snow fell across Darke County Monday, causing the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to issue a Level 2 Snow Advisory at 7 p.m. Monday evening.

All schools in Darke County canceled classes or conducted e-learning days Tuesday.

ODOT District 7 asked drivers to stay home, and warned motorists who did venture out to slow down, move over and give plow trucks room to work.

The Darke Co. Highway Dept. said many county roads were impassible from the snowfall and high winds and reported four-wheel drive vehicles were “stuck everywhere through the overnight.”

The Darke Co. Highway Dept. released the following statement on their Facebook page, “Trucks have been through all of our roads at least once and most have been through twice. If you have a vehicle in the ditch, you should have access to it now. Thank you all for your patience with us on this storm clean up. We are hoping by today’s end everything will be widened out and some grits/salt mix at intersections. With bitter cold temps tomorrow, melting will be a slow process. Our focus is to make sure all roadways are good for two-lane traffic. Thank you.”

After Tuesday light flurries, more snow is expected Wednesday evening, with possible accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Temperature highs will remain in the teens or 20s through Saturday, with lows reaching 0 degrees. Sunday will see the start of a warming trend with highs expected in the mid-30s.

Staff report

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