Region's unseasonably early snowfall has little effect on Portage County

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Northeastern Ohio's first snow of the season barely brushed Portage County Wednesday and Thursday.

A blast of cold air tearing through the Midwest and Great Lakes area sank temperatures to atypical lows for October.

Some regions around the Cleveland area saw as much as 4 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Central Ohio saw little more than wet flakes with nothing sticking to the roads.

Portage County areas, meanwhile, saw either a light, powdery coating of snow or nothing at all.

Kent and Ravenna had some sleet and a few soggy flakes Thursday afternoon where temperatures hovered around the mid-to-upper 30s most of the day.

Up north, Aurora, Mantua and Garrettsville all saw dustings, but no recorded accumulations.

Jim Nethken, Brimfield public works director, said he was watching the weather system move south Wednesday night that dropped a few inches around northern parts of the state early Thursday morning.

"If it moved much farther south, we would've had to get something together quick," he said, noting no snow plows or salt trucks needed to be deployed.

In Northern Portage, Hiram Village Administrator Bob Wood said a short-lived blast of snow Thursday morning left a coat on the grass, but had little impact on the roads. Besides a single disabled vehicle that ran into a ditch off S.R. 700, Wood said the snow seemed to have little affect on the area.

Regardless, Wood said he's "not too crazy" about signs of the white stuff so early in the season. Many municipalities throughout the county, he noted, are just about to launch their leaf-pickup programs, which can be complicated by early snows. Many of those programs run through early December.

"If the snow starts early, I'm thinking positively it might be behind us a little sooner then, too," Wood said.

Kate Rogers, administrative service officer for Mantua Village, said she's heard the early snow could be indicative of a harsh winter.

Temperatures for the area are expected to rise into the mid 40s today.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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