Winter's blast arrives

From staff and wire reports Published:

Following unseasonably warm weather on Friday, northwest Ohio was hit with three to six inches of heavy snow and freezing rain which began in the early morning hours of Sunday. In Fulton County, slush-covered roads are being blamed for an accident that claimed the life of a Michigan man near the village of Delta. According to troopers of the Ohio Highway Patrols Toledo post, the accident occurred on U.S. 20, near County Road 8, at 6:19 p.m. Troopers reported that Michael Helminski, 59, Southgate, Mich., was eastbound when he went left of center and collided with an oncoming semi operated by Joseph Hawkins, 40, Gilmanton, N.H. Helminski was pronounced dead at the scene. Hawkins was not injured. Troopers reported that there was sleet and hail at the time of the crash. Sometime after 12 a.m. Sunday, in Ohio, a mix of snow and freezing rain moved through Defiance and Williams counties from the west. Residents awoke to find the area blanketed with snow, which continued falling throughout the day very heavy at times. Road crews were out in force throughout the storm to keep the highways, county roads and city streets passable for motorists since Sunday.