Winter roars in with snowstorm

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

A steady snow chilled Portage County throughout the day Friday, and by nightfall was giving drivers fits on the roads.

Portage County -- along with much of Northeastern, Central and Southeastern Ohio -- was under a Winter Weather Advisory as of 9 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Radar showed a line of storms stretching from Mansfield to Erie, Pa.

County and city plow trucks were out keeping roads cleared and salted. But as often happens during the first snowfall of the year, drivers in Portage County found it difficult to manage the slippery roads. A dispatcher at the Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol reported "lots of crashes," but none very serious.

A five-car pileup was reported at the intersection of S.R. 5 and New Milford Road in Ravenna Township just before 8 p.m. Earlier, three cars collided on S.R. 14 west of Dawley Road in Ravenna Township just after 5 p.m., while other wrecks kept police officers and emergency crews busy throughout the early evening. There was no word on injuries.

Kent police reported no serious safety issues on city streets as of 9:30 p.m.

Today's forecast calls for highs of 34 degrees and lows of 25, with continuing snow showers. Skies should be clear Sunday through Tuesday, with snow showers forecast to continue on Wednesday.

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