Schools all close, snow continues to fall

First it was snow, which closed schools Tuesday. And then it was the rain, sleet and ice, which did everybody in today.
Feb 2, 2011


First it was snow, which closed schools Tuesday. And then it was the rain, sleet and ice, which did everybody in today.

But at least we have Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow this morning.

(NOTE - To see photos of what's happening in Norwalk during this winter storm, click HERE and HERE.)

World-famous weather-reading groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted spring was on its way today from his home at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney, Penn.

Think about that when you are out shoveling your driveway and sidewalks today. Area schools are closed for a second straight day -- along with many businesses -- as Mother Nature hit us with a one-two punch over the night.

Phil a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, so take that for what it's worth.

His prediction offered the US some hope of respite as the country faced one of its largest winter storms since the 1950s. Thirty states were crippled by what the National Weather Service described as "life-threatening" weather conditions that stretched across 2,000 miles from Texas to Maine.

According to American folklore, if the rodent sees his shadow, then the country can expect six more weeks of winter. If he does not, then spring is on the way.

Residents are reminded Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has issued a Level 2 snow emergency until further notice in Huron County. A Level 2 snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously and you should be only out if necessary.

The city of Norwalk would like to remind residents to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice pursuant to Norwalk's Codified Ordinance 905.02. It is the responsibility of the owner, agent, tenant or occupant of any premises within the limits of the City to remove all snow and ice from any sidewalks abutting the front, sides, and rear of your premises, and make the sidewalks safe for travel within twelve (12) hours after a snow event.

Effective at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the city of Norwalk is under a Snow Emergency Parking Ban. Parking is not permitted on city streets until such time as the ban is lifted.

For an up-to-the-minute view of the weather, check out the Main Street Cam on the main page of the Reflector Web page.