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The Word for the week is Weather

Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011

Businesses, schools, and roads – all closed by a Level 1 Emergency declared Wednesday, February 2 by local safety officials after 7.3 inches of snow covered the area overnight. The designation continued until 8 p.m. that evening when it was downgraded to a Level 2 Warning.

The National Weather Service officially recorded 40 to 50 mph winds Tuesday night in Huntington County which brought a sleet and snow mix to the area. Snow blowers, shovels, and plows geared up for the clearing of sidewalks, driveways, and streets and by mid-day, the city was navigable. County crews worked long hours to get county roads ready for travel also.

Mayor Steve Updike was pleased with the response of his employees, “With what we were hit with they did a great job at cleaning up the streets,” he said.

The citizens of Huntington also did a great job of responding to the Level 1 Emergency. With businesses and schools closed, the streets were pretty well deserted. Residents stayed at home, children played in the snow, and only those who had to be there went to work. The response of Huntington City and County workers to the storm, the residents’ willingness to comply with the Emergency, and businesses that closed so their employees could safely stay home should all be applauded.

The winter weather is going to continue with frigid temperatures and wind chill advisories for the next few days. So even though the groundhog saw his shadow, we will all bundle-up and be prepared for whatever nature delivers next and know that “spring is just around the corner!”