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Portage digs out

Published: March 16, 2017 4:00 AM
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The “biggest snowfall of the winter” hit Portage County hard, sending more than a foot of snow to parts of Portage County and giving area children a second consecutive snow day.

Early morning crashes were reported throughout Portage County, none believed to have caused serious injuries.

Local meteorologist Thomas Schmidlin said he measured 10.3 inches of the white stuff from his weather station in Kent. Snowfall totals varied widely throughout the county, with some residents reporting more than a foot of snowfall.

“It was the biggest snowfall of the winter,” he said.

All public schools in Portage County were closed for a second day on Wednesday. Kent State University was closed and Hiram College and the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown were on a two-hour delay.

Snow parking bans remained in place in Ravenna, Kent, Tallmadge and Mogadore, with all expected to be lifted some time Thursday.

The snowfall started late Monday and by Tuesday evening, the combination of snow and high winds made driving conditions treacherous in some areas.

A three-car collision on Infirmary Road, north of Coit Road in Shalersville, sent six people to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department reported.

Early Wednesday, two semi tractor trailers headed east on the Ohio Turnpike were involved in a crash at milepost 199 in Freedom, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. The driver of one semi sustained minor injuries, and the other driver was not injured. One of the trucks also damaged the center wall. Both drivers are from out of state.

Another crash was reported at S.R. 303 and Coit Road in Shalersville Wednesday, with no injuries.

Schmidlin said temperatures in the days ahead are expected to warm slightly, resulting in some rain or mild snow. Temperatures are expected to be below normal for the next few days, and are not forecast to rise much above 40 degrees, Schmidlin said.

“We’ll see a lot of piles of snow sticking around for a while,” he said.

By the end of March, however, temperatures are expected to bounce back up, rising above the normal temperature of about 50 degrees, Schmidlin said.


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