Rain and a rain-snow mix fell in Seneca County Sunday ahead of today's frigid temperatures.
A winter storm warning was set to expire at 4 a.m. today, and a wind chill warning is in effect from 4 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Seneca County Sheriff's Office placed the county under a Level 2 roadway warning at 11:38 p.m. Sunday. A Level 2 warning means roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.
The city of Fostoria is under a snow emergency until 5 p.m. today. Parking is prohibited on designated snow streets, and vehicles found parking on them can be towed.
About five American Electric Power customers on Jefferson Street in Tiffin lost power Sunday. Tiffin Fire Rescue Division was called to a sparking transformer at the rear of 303 Jefferson St.
It was not sparking when the crew arrived, and fire personnel could not tell why it had sparked due to the darkness, a spokesman said. An AEP crew was summoned to the scene.
Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County's Emergency Management Agency, said there had been no reports of power lines down.
"We haven't had freezing rain," he said.
A State Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Sunday evening that crews had handled two crashes, and both were in Sandusky County. One involved a vehicle sliding off the road and striking a pole, and the other involved a vehicle hitting a deer.
No one was injured in either accident, she said.
The wind chill warning is to start when the winter weather warning expires today.
Wind child values are expected to be 20 degrees below zero to 40 degrees below zero. Stall said his recommendation is people not travel if they don't have to.
"Stay home," he said.
Ohio Department of Health has learned of 37 emergency room visits related to cold exposures, hypothermia or frost bite since Dec. 24, according to a release. It states hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures but can occur at temperatures higher than 40 degrees if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or being submersed in cold water.
Stahl recommended having an emergency kit, with items such as blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight and a cell phone battery, in the vehicle.
"You should always have an emergency kit in your car," he said.
Stahl said northwest Ohio residents are pretty much used to blowing and drifting snow, but a lot of people haven't seen anything as cold as what is predicted. It is a dangerous situation, he said.
"Stay indoors as much as possible. Check on your neighbors. Check on your relatives. ... Watch your pets," he said.