Old Man Winter returned to the area this week, bringing snow, wind, and cold temperatures. After a basically snowless December, area residents were snapped back to reality the second full week of January.
Schools throughout the county were closed on Tuesday with delays on Monday and Wednesday. The snow was relatively light, but windy temperatures made driving difficult in the rural areas especially. Also making things difficult was the rain that proceeded the snow and the icy coating it left on surfaces after temperatures dropped.
Following about 1.5 inches of snow on Sunday, another 2.5 inches fell late Monday into Tuesday at Toledo Express Airport. Some areas received a bit more than the official totals.
The temperature dropped to 8 degrees Wednesday morning and fell to 5 degrees at the Fulton County Airport with wind chills falling below zero.
There was a brief warm up where temperatures climbed into the 40s. The high hit 41 degrees Thursday and 44 degrees Friday, as rain fell on the area. The low temperature stayed above freezing on Friday and fell to 27 degrees Saturday.
But, it did not last long, as temperatures plummeted again on Sunday. The high temperature that day was 27 degrees, but that mark was set at midnight and the mercury dropped from there. By 11 a.m., the temperature was in the teens and it hit single digits at 7 p.m.
The low temperature dropped to 3 degrees early Monday morning as a wind chill advisory was issued. Wind chill readings were in the teens below zero.
The temperatures were expected to slowly warm toward the freezing mark with above normal temperatures possible next week.