Snow arrived in the Swanton area a little early this year, but the adverse effects were relatively minor.
About 3,500 of Fulton County’s 18,000 Toledo Edison customers lost power Nov. 11 due to galloping conductors, according to spokesperson Chris Eck. He said slight ice and increased winds caused the utility wires to bounce “like a jump rope” and bump into one another, resulting in the power outage. Eck said the weather conditions may also have damaged insulators and cross arm poles attached to the wires.
Power for nearly all of Edison’s affected customers was restored by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Eck said the cause of the outage was unusual for Fulton County, which typically suffers disruptions due to downed wires or snow- and ice-laden tree branches that droop onto the wires.
The Fulton County Highway Department ran 10 plows Monday over 364 lane miles between 4:30-10:30 p.m. Despite difficulty with wind, the crews spread 50 tons of a salt and stone mix on county roads on Monday, and additional amounts Tuesday morning.
“It was pretty routine. We’ve been cleaning up ever since,” said B.J. Abbott, department superintendent.
Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation plows found drifting snow a slight hassle; otherwise, their work also was routine, spokesperson Rebecca Dangelo said. Twelve trucks hit county roads at 4 a.m. Monday, and were expected to finish clearing snow by Tuesday night. Rock salt and liquid de-icers were applied to roadways.
Dangelo said a couple of trucks were scheduled to stay on duty overnight Tuesday to prevent refreezing.
“Most of the worst was drifting. Now, they hope they can get those roads dry,” she said.
Area districts canceled school, most after initially issuing delays.
In the Village of Swanton, no vehicle accidents occurred and streets were salted beginning at 3:30 p.m., a police spokesperson said. “We did not have any issues. We had a very quiet evening,” she said.
Fifteen snow-related accidents occurred in the county Nov. 11, and sheriff’s deputies aided other motorists whose vehicles slid off the road. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller said there were also issues with power lines, but said the weather caused no other major problems.
The National Weather Service reported 4 inches of snow at Toledo Express Airport and a report of 4 inches 7 miles north-northeast of Swanton. Meteorologist Pat Murphy, of the The National Weather Service’s Northern Indiana office, said the snow was caused by a winter storm system that developed in the Mississippi Valley, then tracked through the Ohio Valley.
“It was early for a first snow, but it’s turning into that time,” Murphy said.
Fulton County can expect a gradual rise in daytime temperatures to the 30s through this week, then highs in the 40s next week.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.