WEEC NEWS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS WE SHOULD HAVE SNOW SHOWERS OFF AND ON TODAY WITH SOME LIGHT ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. METEOROLOGIST RICH WIRDZEK SAID, “ROADS WILL CONTINUE TO BE VERY HAZARDOUS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.” JAMIE SIMPSON, CHIEF METEOROLOGIST FOR STORM CENTER 7 SAID UP TO 9 INCHES FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN MIAMI VALLEY, WITH 3-5 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST PART. SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN HINDERED ACCUMULATIONS IN THOSE AREAS, ACCORDING TO SIMPSON. HE ALSO SHARED THAT “AREAS THAT HAVE SEEN FREEZING RAIN, IF SNOW HAS BEEN COMPACTED OR ROADS PLOWED, IT MAY LEAVE A GLAZE, MAKING FOR ACTUALLY WORSE DRIVING CONDITIONS.” WIRDZEK ADDED THAT WINDS WILL PICK UP, CAUSING BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES ARE UNDER A LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY, WHICH MEANS THAT ROADWAYS ARE HAZARDOUS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND COULD BE ICY AS WELL. DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY. LEVEL 1 INCLUDES BUTLER, CLINTON, GREENE, MONTGOMERY, PREBLE AND CLARK COUNTIES. A LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY INDICATES THAT ROADWAYS ARE HAZARDOUS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. ONLY THOSE WHO FEEL IT IS NECESSARY TO DRIVE SHOULD BE OUT. CONTACT YOUR EMPLOYER TO SEE IF YOU SHOULD REPORT TO WORK. THE LEVEL 2 COUNTIES ARE: DARKE, CHAMPAIGN, LOGAN AND MERCER COUNTIES IN OHIO, AS WELL AS WAYNE COUNTY IN INDIANA. AUGLAIZE, SHELBY AND WARREN COUNTIES DO NOT USE SNOW EMERGENCIES.

THERE WERE QUITE A FEW ACCIDENTS ON AREA ROADWAYS BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY SNOWFALL, SLEET AND FALLING TEMPERATURES WHICH CAUSED DRIVING CONDITIONS TO DETERIORATE RAPIDLY LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS, THERE WERE SEVERAL SLIDEOFFS REPORTED THROUGH SPRINGFIELD AND CLARK COUNTY AROUND 10:00 LAST NIGHT AND JUST BEFORE THAT, A PASSENGER IN A CAR WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER THE CAR SLID IN DAYTON AND HIT A POLE. SHELBY COUNTY REPORTED THAT A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE ON A SNOW-COVERED ROAD LATE LAST NIGHT AFTER HE HAD PUSHED HIS WIFE’S CAR OUT OF A DITCH. THE MAN WAS WALKING ALONG CISCO ROAD WHEN HE WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND BY AN SUV JUST AFTER 11PM. HIS INJURIES WERE BELIEVED TO BE MINOR AND HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN SIDNEY. THIS MORNING AROUND 4:50, WESTBOUND U.S. 35 HAD TO BE CLOSED NEAR OHIO 734 IN GREENE COUNTY FOR A JACKKNIFED SEMI. THERE WERE MORE SLIDE-OFF CRASHES IN TIPP CITY AND HUBER HEIGHTS AROUND 5:30AM. FROM 7:30 TO 8AM, A SEMI JACKKNIFED OFF WESTBOUND I-70 NEAR THE ARLINGTON ROAD EXIT AND A CAR CRASHED INTO A POLE IN HARRISON TOWNSHIP. THERE WERE INJURIES REPORTED IN THE LATTER CRASH. AN ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED NEAR FRANKLIN AT 8AM ON I-75 NORTHBOUND AND JUST AFTER THAT A CAR CRASHED INTO A GUARDRAIL ON OHIO 4 SOUTHBOUND NEAR LOWER VALLEY PIKE IN BETHEL TOWNSHIP. PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU NEED TO BE OUT TODAY!

AS THE COLD TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE MIAMI VALLEY, A GROWING NUMBER OF SENIORS MAY WIND UP IN TROUBLE, STUCK IN LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS. THEY MAY SLIP AND FALL, THEIR CAR MIGHT BREAK DOWN, AND THEY COULD GET LOST, CONFUSED OR STRANDED…LITERALLY LEFT OUT IN THE COLD. THAT IS WHY VISITING ANGELS, ONE OF THE NATION’S LARGEST IN-HOME SENIOR CARE AGENCIES WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN THE MIAMI VALLEY, HAS LAUNCHED “ICE”…A CELL PHONE SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO HELP SENIORS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. TO “ICE” A PHONE, YOU LOAD EMERGENCY CONTACTS IN SENIORS’ PHONES WITH THE WORD “ICE” IN FRONT OF THE EMERGENCY CONTACTS’ NAMES, SO WHEN SOMEONE FINDS A SENIOR IN TROUBLE, THEY KNOW WHO TO CALL IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. LARRY MEIGS, CEO OF VISITING ANGELS, SAID “WE URGE FAMILIES TO “ICE” SENIORS’ PHONES.” HE ALSO SAID VISITING ANGELS WOULD DO IT FOR FREE. BY DOING THIS, YOU CAN ACCESS A SENIOR’S EMERGENCY CONTACTS SIMPLY BY PRESSING THE LETTER “I”. FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CALL CHRISTINA PAPAKIRK AT THE CENTERVILLE VISITING ANGELS OFFICE AT 937/902-5584.

A PROPOSAL TO EXPLORE RELOCATING THE AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND 170 JOBS TO WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE FROM VIRGINIA HAS STIRRED OPPOSITION ACCORDING TO THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS. ADVOCATES SAY A MOVE MAKES SENSE BECAUSE WRIGHT-PATT IS HOME TO FOUR DIRECTORATES OF THE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORIES AND THE AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. OPPONENTS SAY THE MOVE WOULD THREATEN THE AIR FORCE’S BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH AND SEVERELY RESTRICT ACCESS TO KEY FEDERAL RESEARCH AGENCIES, UNIVERSITIES AND DEFENSE CONTRACTORS IN THE WASHINGTON D.C. AREA.

THIRTY-ONE GIFTS, WHICH OPERATES A DISTRIBUTION FACILITY ON TITUS ROAD IN SPRINGFIELD IS GOING TO LAY OFF ABOUT 16 WORKERS AS PART OF A REORGANIZATION THAT SHOULD SLASH OVERHEAD COSTS AT THE COMPANY, ACCORDING TO RICHARD LAUER, VICE PRESIDENT OF THIRTY-ONE GIFTS BASED IN COLUMBUS. OVERALL THE COMPANY EMPLOYS ABOUT 330 WORKERS IN SPRINGFIELD. MOST OF THE POSITIONS AFFECTED AT THIRTY-ONE GIFTS ARE SAID TO BE MANAGERIAL AND CUSTODIAL POSITIONS, AS WELL AS SOME SUPPORT STAFF. THEY WILL WORK WITH THE CLARK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES TO HELP FIND WORK FOR THOSE LAID OFF.

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS LOOKING FOR MORE SALT FOR ROADWAYS AND OHIO OFFICIALS COULD ORDER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF ADDITIONAL SALT IN ANTICIPATION OF THE NEXT BIG STORM IN THE FORECAST. ODOT DIRECTOR JERRY WRAY SAID THE USE IS UNPRECEDENTED FOR OHIO, SHARING THAT OHIO USUALLY STOCKS ABOUT 600,000 TONS OF SALT, BUT THIS YEAR, THOSE NUMBERS ARE APPROACHING 1 MILLION TONS. THE SALT WILL BE DUMPED IN SEVEN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS AROUND OHIO SO THAT THE HARD-HIT CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES CAN REPLENISH THEIR SUPPLIES.

A HOUSE FIRE IN DAYTON LAST NIGHT WAS DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY SET AND AN ARSON INVESTIGATOR INFORMED THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS THAT THEY DO HAVE A LEAD SUSPECT. DAYTON FIRE DISTRICT CHIEF JAMES ROSE SAID THERE OBVIOUS SIGNS OF AN ARSON-SET FIRE. HE SAID THERE WAS A HISTORY AT THE ADDRESS ON HURON AVENUE AND THE OCCUPANT HAS HAD PROBLEMS IN THE PAST. THE WOMAN WHO LIVES AT THE ADDRESS WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER HAD LEFT THE HOUSE FOR ABOUT 35-40 MINUTES TO PICK HER GRANDDAUGHTER UP FROM WORK AND DURING THAT INTERIM…THE FIRE BROKE OUT. THANKFULLY THERE WERE NO INJURIES BUT FLAMES AND SMOKE CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARSON IS ASKED TO CALL 937/333-4500.

THE MIAMI VALLEY REPORTS UP TO 9 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN MIAMI VALLEY. AREAS IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST SECTIONS OF THE MIAMI VALLEY GOT 3-5 INCHES. AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR SO IS POSSIBLE TODAY. THERE COULD BE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW, SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT DRIVING! IT GETS COLDER TONIGHT TOO WITH LOWS DROPPING TO 6 AND WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -3. THURSDAY BRINGS SUNSHINE, BUT COLD TEMPERATURES WITH HIGHS NEAR 16 AND WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -4 DURING THE DAY. WIND CHILL VALUES OVERNIGHT THURSDAY WILL BE AS LOW AS -19 WITH ACTUAL TEMPERATURES DIPPING TO -7! FRIDAY WILL BE SUNNY WITH HIGHS AT 17 AND LOWS NEAR 7. LOOK FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, BUT STILL COLD!

PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE DRIVING TONIGHT…AND DRESS WARM WITH THE FRIGID CONDITIONS COMING TONIGHT AND OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS!!