Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — It’s Groundhog Day, again, at least when it comes to the weather as Mother Nature looks to drop anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of snow into the area over the weekend. Though forecasters state totals are on the conservative side for now, light snow and ice is predicated for some areas tonight with the full brunt of winter storm Titan due Sunday evening.
What does this mean besides a particular groundhog correctly predicating another six weeks of winter last month? That Piquads will once again have to break out the snow shovels and boots for another round of winter white. If this time last year is any indication — nine inches fell Wednesday, March 6, 2013 — we may be in for it.
Fortunately, and according to Brian Brookhart, assistant public works director, the city street department had already begun preparations for winter storm Titan as early as Thursday. Applications of salt brine made to area bridges and hills and, like every other municipality low on salt, will do what they can to maintain streets should we see accumulating snow.
At this point, the department is more than ready to begin mowing grass.
As performed earlier this month, Gary Huff, city manager, declared emergency status for city departments on Friday so as to adjust employee work schedules in preparation so an appropriate level of staffing will be available for the projected storm.
According to the Associated Press, January winter storms alone has been one of the state’s costliest, the combination of deep freeze, heavy snow and ice, resulting in broken water pipes, ice buildup and wind damage, at $97.8 million to $124.4 million worth of damages.
However, what is really on everyone’s mind is whether this will be the last of the winter deluge. A look to the Farmer’s Alamanac says no with predictions of snow showers as late as March 24.
Good news, in like a lion and out like a lamb, come the last week of March mild weather may finally arrive in time for April.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall