Van Wert County residents woke up to snow covered ground and trees on Friday. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Van Wert County residents woke up to snow covered ground and trees on Friday. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Van Wert County residents scratched their heads when they opened their blinds to a world of white and gently falling snow on Friday morning. Up to an inch of heavy wet snow had fallen on the region during the night causing a contrast of awesome fall beauty in snow-covered colored trees and cautious driving due to wet leaves and slippery conditions on bridges and overpasses.

“National Weather Service officials started changing their tune on this a couple of days ago,” said weather specialist Rick McCoy. “Early in the month, they had predicted a fairly balmy middle of the month. That all changed earlier this week when it became evident that another surge of cold air would find enough moisture in our area to possibly create the first accumulating snow.”

Most areas around northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana received about an inch of heavy, wet snow, said McCoy. Areas to the north near the Michigan line received a slightly heavier amount.

McCoy cautioned that there are always inherent dangers with early wet snow like this, especially with lots of leaves around to figure into the mix.

“While there might not be what we would normally consider icy roads, the combination of wet snow and leaves creates its own kind of slickness,” said McCoy. “Bridges and overpasses are to especially be respected.”

Most of the snow is expected to melt rather quickly, but a quick drop in temperatures into the low 20’s over the next couple of nights deserves respect as any remaining snow and wet leaves will freeze almost immediately.

McCoy said the earlier promised milder weather will have to be put on hold for about a week as temperatures through the middle of next week are expected to range from highs in the low 30’s and lows in the low 20’s, possible the upper teens early in the week.

“It appears now that another brief snowstorm could develop over the area late Tuesday into Wednesday with another inch of snow possible,” said McCoy.

“Keep your fingers crossed as the promised moderation still shows signs of making its way into the area by the end of next week,” said McCoy. “It won’t be Indian Summer but highs could work their way back into the 40’s.”

Earlier projections for the days surrounding Thanksgiving call for near normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.