CLEVELAND - Winter has been packing on the snow over the past few days. And the ground is expected to stay covered in the white stuff all weekend long.
Cleveland and Akron are ready for the forecasted snow to begin falling onto northeast Ohio -- again. Dozens of plow trucks are out, waiting to begin clearing roads.
In many communities, crews were out pre-treating known-icy areas, such as Cleveland's Shoreway and downtown bridges. Cleveland has 9,000 tons of salt on-hand with another 3,000 tons loaded on the trucks. Plow drivers will be working around the clock to combat the several inches of snow we're expected to get through Saturday morning.
It's probably a good idea not to park on city streets during a snow storm, in case a parking ban goes into effect. Crews need room to clear roads and you don't want to risk your car getting towed.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties through 1 p.m. Saturday.
Power of 5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson predicts the heaviest snowfall, five inches to seven inches, will be seen from the Rt. 224 and Rt. 30 corridors in Summit and Stark counties between 10 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday.
Some sleet can't be ruled out.
Several after-school activities have been canceled in preparation for the forecasted weather. Boys basketball games at Cardinal Local High School (Geauga County), Cleveland Central Catholic High School (Cuyahoga County) and Manchester High School (Summit County) have all been scrapped Friday night.
Several flights coming into and out of the Akron-Canton Airport from Chicago, Atlanta and Ft. Myers have either been delayed or canceled. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reports multiple flight delays or cancelations.
Chris Bowers of Jamestown, NY found herself driving to Cleveland to pick up her daughter, whose connecting flight from Cleveland to Buffalo was canceled because of the storm. "We're used to snow and it's been a mild one this year," she said. "So we're lucky."
The National Weather Service reports between two and three inches of snow on the ground in the Akron/Canton area. Hiram has roughly four inches of snow covering its landscape. Chardon reportedly has seven inches on the ground, and Cleveland a little more than two inches.
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