Digging out from ‘Jonas’


By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



A worker goes about the task of clearing away the snow Saturday morning on Sixth Street in Portsmouth


Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Sparks says Scioto County remains at a level 2 snow emergency, the same as Adams County, after winter storm “Jonas” dumped several inches of snow in the region.

A level two snow emergency means that county, city and township roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. With our current local condition, the roads are ice and snow covered. Only those who feel it necessary should be out on county and township roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

Meanwhile, Pike and Jackson counties are operating under a level 3 snow emergency. Due to adverse weather conditions and the declaration of a Level 3 snow emergency in Pike County, a state of “Limited Operations” has been declared at the Piketon plant for employees of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth and Centrus. Only essential employees who work for these companies are required to report to work. For more information, employees may call the employee hot line at 740-897-5800.

Additional Snowfall overnight has totals ranging from 9 inches near Buena Vista in western Scioto County to 11 inches in Franklin Furnace in Eastern Scioto County.

Varying amounts of snowfall were recorded in between based on where bands of snow set up and moved through in waves with Portsmouth in South Central Scioto and Lucasville in North Central Scioto County picking up nearly 9 inches.

Other select snowfall totals reported included 10 inches at Wheelersburg; 8 inches at South Webster; 8 inches at Rosemount; and 4 inches at Otway.

Snow Patrols are being worked by city, county, state and township road crews plowing back and treating roadways in hopes of seeing primary routes greatly improved by evening.

A Level Two Snow Emergency will most likely be downgraded to a Level One sometime Sunday with caution urged for all traveling as crews will be cleaning up the heavy snowfall into the new work week on Monday.

Aside from some vehicle crashes, blowing and drifting snow was the main problem with gusty winds that picked up in behind the system as it moved off to the northeast here this morning.

Very cold temperatures are anticipated overnight so fortunately the lighter and drier snow prevented the problem of power outages for folks to have to deal with in the frigid conditions.

A gradual warming will be welcomed with the new work week when another system will bring rain to the area on Tuesday.

Due to adverse weather conditions and the declaration of a Level 3 snow emergency in Pike County, a state of “Limited Operations” has been declared at the Piketon plant for employees of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth and Centrus. Only essential employees who work for these companies are required to report to work.

While the snow is a nuisance the major headaches of the dynamic storm from crippling snow and stranded motorists and power outages requiring shelters for warmth did not transpire here.

Those as close as West Virginia and Kentucky did not fare so well with I 64 closed in West Virginia and I 75 closed in Kentucky from white outs and deep snow leaving travelors stranded there and many people without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina and Maryland.

A worker goes about the task of clearing away the snow Saturday morning on Sixth Street in Portsmouth
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_SnowUpdate.jpgA worker goes about the task of clearing away the snow Saturday morning on Sixth Street in Portsmouth

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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