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New Year starts cold and will stay that way

It may be snowing outside but the only students who got out of class today were those who attend Dawson-Bryant schools. That’s because it was a in-service day at the district.

The rest of the public schools were in session despite a light dusting of snow and frigid temperatures. Fairland schools were on a two-hour delay.

As of 8 Monday morning no roads were closed and there were only two accidents reported.

Those two were in the western part of the county including an injury accident on State Route 141 that the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported as weather-related.

Light fluffy snow combined with severe cold can make for hazardous road conditions as it is the perfect recipe for treacherous black ice, according to Alan Rezek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“This is the kind of thing when the roads are really cold and cars drive over that, it can really cause problems. It can turn into a thin sheet of ice,” Rezek said. “Bridges especially, when the cold air goes under the bridge and makes the surface really icy.”

It looks like more of the same for the rest of the week as a low-pressure system coming from Canada to the east has settled in, the meteorologist said.

“What that means is it will bring the cold air out of Canada into our system,” he said. “We will have snow showers today and tonight and probably only a few flurries in the latter part of the week. We will probably get another band of snow showers, but are not looking for big storms.”

However, black ice will remain a concern for at least for the next few days.