Weather shuts down Honda shift

By Aimee Hancock -

ANNA — The Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. Engine Plant, in Anna, has cancelled all shifts through the evening of Friday, Jan. 12. All Honda locations are operating under Status C.

According to Kaitlin Hall, a Honda corporate communications representative, Status C means “everyone is out of (there),” and no key personnel will be onsite.

Hall said operations are expected to resume as scheduled, Saturday, Jan. 13.

As for the frequency of plant closures at Honda, Hall said it varies from year to year. It is dependent on both the severity of the weather conditions and the judgement of those in charge.

“It’s ultimately a leadership decision,” she said.

Emerson Climate Technologies, in Sidney, is still on its normal operating schedule for Friday evening.

Amos Memorial Public Library closed at 11 a.m. and the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County closed at noon, Friday, due to the forecast of inclement weather. The Wilson Health After Hours Clinic is closed, as well, both Friday and Saturday.

Lehman Catholic High School, Fairlawn Local Schools, Riverside Local Schools, and schools in Fort Loramie, Russia and Minster were closed, Friday, with evening activities cancelled, because of the weather.

Botkins Local School, New Bremen Local Schools, Sidney City Schools, Hardin-Houston Local School, New Knoxville Schools, and schools in Versailles cancelled all activities for Friday evening.

Jackson Center Junior High after-school practices were cancelled, while high school boys practice was to continue as scheduled.

Holy Angels Catholic School conducted an early dismissal at 1:10 p.m., Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, Sidney is under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m., Saturday.

Friday’s total daytime snow and sleet accumulation is estimated at 1 to 2 inches. With a high near 35 degrees and an evening low of 12, wind chill could bring temperatures as low as -5 degrees throughout Friday night, and new evening snow accumulation could amount to an additional 1 to 2 inches.

The Salvation Army, 419 Buckeye Ave., Sidney, will have its warming center open Friday, free of charge, for those who need a place to go to escape the cold. The center opens at 6:30 p.m. Doors will remain open until 9 p.m., after which no one will be able to get in. All visitors must leave the building by 7 a.m. on Saturday.

By Aimee Hancock

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825