A brief ice and winter snow storm recently left a white scene on the ground. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
A brief ice and winter snow storm recently left a white scene on the ground. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
VAN WERT – Where’s the snow so far?

Other than a couple of quick-moving snow systems that lasted no longer than 24 hours, winter action has seemed pretty dull in the local area.

Weather forecaster Rick McCoy said that his snow gauge in the back yard of his home in Convoy, Ohio has noted close to a total of six inches of snow so far for the season. The heaviest amount stretching from central Adams to Van Wert counties registered to close to three inches early in January. Since then, the most consistent aspect of January weather this season has been continued gray skies and generally normal temperatures.

This past Saturday, Jan. 9, was the first entirely clear day this year so far.

Over the past week, the average high temperature has ranged from 29-34 degrees while the average low has been in the low to middle 20’s. The average daytime high for January is 31 degrees and the average low is 16 degrees, said McCoy.

McCoy said that he talked to officials at the National Weather office in Syracuse, Indiana, late last week who told him that some “major changes” could be on the horizon by near mid-week next week that opened the door to a much greater outpouring of Arctic air to dump in the Midwest and Great Lake States.

“Weather officials told me that when this combined weather pattern takes place, a huge weather change, including much colder air and heavier snow, could take over the central United States and Great Lakes about two weeks later,” said McCoy.

Weather officials seem fairly confident this pattern could change, McCoy said.

“It looks now like February could bring in some very wintry weather for most of the month,” McCoy noted.

McCoy said that since not much has happened so far, area residents may tend to overlook winter preparation.

“Quite often if January is pretty open, we tend to overlook weather preparation,” said McCoy. “Don’t do that. Prepare your supplies, meds, and heat sources so that you are confident that you have all you need if the winter gets more severe.”

McCoy encouraged those who have elderly neighbors and family members to make a daily check that all is well with them.