Athens Weather Not Expected To Become More Severe

By
Caleigh Bourgeois

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Updated Tue, Oct 30, 2012 5:48 pm

The effects of Hurricane Sandy have finally reached Southeast Ohio, with winter-like temperatures lurking in Athens and surrounding areas. 

Even Ryan Fogt, who predicts the weather every day at Ohio University's Scalia Laboratory, said he didn't predict this.

"I was surprised to see a little snow on the ground [Tuesday] morning. I didn't think we'd have any kind of accumulation here," said Fogt.

While most Athens residents bundled up inside, some said they rushed outside to get a peek at the unseasonable winter wonderland. 

"I'm really excited because I like the snow," said Mariah Robinson, a sophomore student at OU. 

But for those who aren't a fan of below freezing temperatures and white on the ground, Fogt said the weather should only last a few days, and should not become any more severe.
 
"For Athens, we're expecting this to continue pretty much through Wednesday. Strong winds, rain during the day, changing over and possibly mixing with snow in the evenings," he said. "Probably what we saw this morning is going to be the norm again tomorrow morning."
 
According to Fogt's predictions, it's not likely that residents in the area will lose power if they haven't already.
 
He advised area residents to watch out for flooding in low-lying areas and drive slowly in the rain to avoid hydroplaning.
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