CLEVELAND - State Route 303 from the Summit County line to state Road in the Hinckley area in Medina County has re-opened after several weather-related crashed on Monday.
Portage County Sheriff Dave Doak has issued a level 1 snow emergency. This means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously.
Snow Emergency Explanation:
- Level 1 Snow Emergency: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy; drive carefully.
- Level 2 Snow Emergency: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
- Level 3 Snow Emergency: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employers to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roadways may be subject to arrest.
The city of Akron has reported receiving 3 inches of snow overnight, with the expectation to get an additional 3 inches. Akron said it has 46 trucks on the road working the primary routes and should be on Akron's secondary routes by 11a.m.
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Overnight snowfall created problems as drivers head out on their morning commutes. Some areas have reported receiving up to 8 inches overnight, with the snow still falling.
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As part of the snowfall that is expected to continue for most of Monday and into Tuesday, several local communities have issued street parking bans to allow the plows the clear the roads without blocking in cars. The following communities have issued parking bans: Alliance, Brunswick, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Mogadore, Ravenna, Tallmadge, Wadsworth and Willowick.
The city of Stow has also issued a snow ban, which will be in effect until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Brunswick snow ban will extend until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Aurora's snow parking ban is in effect until Wednesday at 7 p.m. During this 48 hour period, no person may park, abandon or leave unattended any motor vehicle of any kind on any city street or road.
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