Officials: Take cold seriously


State highway officials were trying to determine what caused a plow truck to burst into flames Monday. No one was injured. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Officials have elevated the county’s travel advisory status to the orange level, the state’s second-highest classification for dangerous conditions.

Hancock County Emergency Management director Larry Ervin said although road conditions have improved over the past few days, subzero temperatures remain a concern, and authorities are advising the public to avoid unnecessary travel.

Today’s high is expected to reach no warmer than about 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight’s temperatures will hover around zero.

Officials are taking the dangerously cold temperatures seriously: School was canceled countywide today amid fears about children suffering exposure on the way to school. It was unclear whether classes would be back in session on Wednesday.

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