Although a total of eleven state highways in Crawford, Warren and Erie Counties were closed to traffic because of flooding over the weekend, our immediate area of the Oil Region was spared any major flooding problem during the rapid thaw we experienced over the last four days. Most of our weather-related problems this weekend were due to wind.
Wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour, and fallen trees and limbs brought down power lines and caused spotty power outages. Most problems were handled by late Sunday afternoon.
The thaw began on Thursday morning, the rains started on Friday morning, and by the time the weekend dawned, a snow cover that in some regions had topped 30 inches was gone. The temperature on Sunday reached the upper 50s,’ although it was accompanied by the strong winds.
The mercury is expected to drop back below freezing on Monday afternoon, and the forecast for Christmas Eve day, Tuesday, is for one to two inches of snow.