Storms, freezing temps slam southern Butler County

Monday brought a snowy and frigid start to the week in Parkersburg, with record low temperatures expected midweek. (Jake Ryder photo)

A relatively mild and dry winter was interrupted in a big way last week as Butler County was covered in snow and hit hard by powerful winds, resulting in delayed travel and school cancellations at Aplington- Parkersburg and Dike-New Hartford.

In the southern half of the county, estimates placed the snowfall at between four and five inches during the first storm last week, and as this issue goes to press, more precipitation is coming. Temperatures are expected to dip to dangerous lows of around 30 degrees below zero on Tuesday night (with a wind chill of 50 to 55 below). So far, however, accidents and damages related to the weather have been minimal.

“People are really taking caution,” Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Showalter said. “There haven’t been many unforeseen issues.”

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