Frigid temps close schools, cancel trash pickup and some mail delivery Wednesday

Zoe Greszler • Jan 31, 2019 at 8:52 AM

All 10 local school districts remained closed for a second straight day today as the Arctic blast continues to batter the region.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies but frigid weather, with a high of only 4 and wind chill values as low as 27 below zero.

The wind chill warning was set to expire at 4 p.m. today. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be cold.

Tonight’s low is around 3, with wind chill values as low as 10 below.

The good news is that a warm-up is on the horizon. The temperature is expected to reach the upper 40s on Sunday and low 50s on Monday.

On Wednesday, when wind chills went below minus 36, it was even too cold for some postal carriers as several U.S. Postal Services, including in the city of Toledo, canceled mail delivery Wednesday. Norwalk, however, wasn’t one of them. Carriers were still expected to brave the conditions, but with a few minutes left in the 1 o’clock hour, the Norwalk offices called them in to end their day early. 

The postal master was not permitted to comment and no one at the state’s main offices could be reached for comment on whether today’s mail delivery would be effected. 

Garbage pickup in Norwalk also was cancelled Wednesday to protect the workers from the extreme conditions. Garbage collection for those on the Wednesday route will take place on the normal day next week.

Trash services will resume today, city officials said. 

As frigid temperatures continue, the possibility of a power outage is a dangerous one. The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) put an emergency plan in place Tuesday night in case such an emergency should occur. 

“In preparation for the severe weather Huron County will be facing the next three days, the EMA has put a contingency plan in place,” the organization said in a press release.

“The county has two shelters on stand-by to be activated in the event of county-wide power outages. If the need arises these shelters will be opened within thirty minutes of activation and their locations will be posted to the Huron County EMA’s Facebook page. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the office at 419-663-5772.”

Also, the New London Volunteer Fire Department, 30 Prospect St., New London, will be available as a warming center only. However, the department won’t provide food or blankets.

The fire station will open if needed and it requested anyone in need of a warming center first contact the New London Police Department at 419-929-3504 before arriving at the station.

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