The start of spring brings snow and traffic troubles to Summit County

A blast of spring snow caught many in the Akron area off guard.

Traffic was at a stand still for more than a hour on the Kenmore Leg of route 76 west bound. Snowy, icy roads and accidents had traffic backed up for miles.

"Very unexpected, hard to get around.", said Sally Leksan of Wadsworth. "The snow removal and the snow plows didn't have enough time to get salt down unfortunately, for our drive into Barberton."

Alessandra Gerber said she is ready to go swimming. However her grandpa made this winter memorable by teaching her how to ice skate. "I did that. He had to drag me on a chair all the way across the ice. Like drag, drag, drag, like a pony ride."

Spurts of heavy blowing snow caused several crashes along area highways this morning, closing Interstates 76 and 71 for periods of time.

The chain reaction of crashes on I-71 southbound just south of state Route 18 started at around 10 a.m. NewsChannel5 talked to a truck driver who sad that the highway was a complete white out and covered in ice.

Montville Police reported  that the I-71 SB at Medina Road crash involved 13 vehicles.

Just before 11 a.m., we learned that I-76 westbound at Barber Road had also closed due to several crashes.

Though lane closures persist, both highways are open again as of 2:30 p.m.

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