Winter storm effects linger

GREENFIELD — As the remnants of the winter storm began to melt away Friday and Hancock County residents, road crews and businesses began returning to normal, schools continued to be shuttered.

Local administrators say they were hoping to get students back into the classroom this week, but the weather would not cooperate.

An inch of snow fell Thursday night, and that dusting on top of the existing hardpack dashed hopes for a return to class on Friday.

The cancellation of classes was the capper for a week that began with temperatures of 10 below zero and ended with weather that was 50 degrees warmer. Mail delivery ground to a halt for as long as three days, and businesses struggled to stay open – or to open at all. This weekend, the major weather worry will be flooding, as rain mixed with melting snow is expected to cause problems.

Thursday night’s relatively minor 1-inch snowfall was still enough to extend the streak of school closures to five consecutive days – an unprecedented number in at least the past decade for county schools.

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