Butler County snowfall tops Cincinnati, Dayton area totals

UPDATE: 4:57 p.m. 

Photographs taken by Journal-News readers in Hamilton and Middletown showed about nine inches of snow fell in both cities, with 10 inches or more recorded in the western parts of both cities, as well as other parts of Butler County, including Oxford, Fairfield, West Chester Twp. and Monroe.

At least one reader in both Madison Twp. and Morgan Twp. reported more than 12 inches of snow.

UPDATE: 1:54 p.m. 

Butler County communities walloped by the Saturday and Sunday’s snowfall saw more snowfall than what was measured in Cincinnati and Dayton, according to Butler County residents and the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office.

The National Weather Service said trained volunteer observers from several communities provided the agency with similar reports, reporting 10 inches of snow in Fairfield, 8 inches in Trenton and 7 inches of snow in Liberty Twp., West Chester Twp. and Oxford.

Numerous Journal-News readers reported totals that surpassed official numbers provided by NWS based on reports from those volunteers.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport saw 5.9 inches of snow, outdoing the 4.8 inches record that was set when a storm fell on that date in 1939, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Coniglio told the Journal-News. Dayton International Airport measured 6.2 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Sunday, surpassing the 5.9 inches record set in 1964.

“Luckily, things have already improved and the snow band that was lying overhead through the morning hours has pretty much fizzled out,” he said. “We’re just looking at a 20 percent chance of snow for the rest of the afternoon.”

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m.

Butler County motorists should be advised that roads are “about the same, maybe a little bit worse” today compared to Saturday, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher David Lane.

Interstates and main roads are slippery but clear, but travel on smaller roads remains “treacherous, at best,” Lane said.

The amount of crashes is “similar, probably a little bit slower” than Saturday, but no specific number was immediately available, he said.

Road travel should be taken slowly and carefuly, but avoiding it altogether remains the best idea, Lane said.

“If you don’t have to go out, don’t,” Lane said.

ORIGINAL REPORT @ 11:55 a.m. 

Butler County’s biggest snowfall continued this weekend with several more inches of it falling, making road travel a sometimes slippery situation.

Emergency dispatchers worked to field a series of slide offs and crashes.

A Winter Storm Warning that extended until noon for Butler and Warren counties, as well as Preble, Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties, was announced at 9:57 a.m.

Monroe Police Department announced that City Manager Bill Brock had declared a snow emergency at 7 a.m.

There is no parking on any city street during a snow emergency and police may remove vehicles from the street to enable city maintenance employees to safely and efficiently clear the street of snow, Monroe police said.

Towing and impounding fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. The owner also may be cited in court.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until the city manager announces it is over.

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