Norwalk-area commuters are finding it snow going as a surprise snowstorm has lowered visibility and created treacherous driving conditions.
The snow started falling heavy around 3 p.m. The National Weather Service forecasted 2 to 3 inches of snow through 9 p.m. However, one local measurement revealed Norwalk had received nearly 8 inches of snow by 5:45 p.m.
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard issued a Level 2 snow emergency.
Just before 4 p.m., local authorities were called to a series of accidents in Norwalk and the surrounding areas.
At times, motorists are experiencing near white-out conditions.
In Tiffin, 16 accidents were reported within two hours.
In Ohio, there are three levels of snow emergency, with Level 1 being the mildest.
During a Level 2, the roads are considered hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads also might by icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the road. Residents are encouraged to contact their employers to see whether they should report to work.
Several area basketball games also have been postponed, including Norwalk-Ontario boys' basketball game. To see a list of postponed games, click HERE.
Another blast of Arctic air will move into the area by mid week, according to weather forecasters. Highs will be in the teens and lows in the single digits. These readings, however, will not be as cold as the Arctic blast that took place earlier this month.