STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - A NewsChannel5 crew got stuck in Strongsville Friday morning.
Multimedia Journalist Josh Boose and photojournalist Dave Hatala were reporting live on the weather conditions from Route 82 for "Good Morning Cleveland."
Blowing and drifting snow, along with bitter cold and near zero wind chills, hit the Strongsville area overnight.
The crew arrived at 4:20 a.m. and could only get the mast on the WEWS live truck up to 15 feet, when it should go 40 feet into the air. The mast is used to get the remote signal back to the television station.
During Boose's 5 a.m. live report, the alert alarm on the vehicle went off. The alarm means that the mast thinks it is about to hit a wire. However, all it was detecting Friday was snow.
Snow continued to build up on the mast and when it was time to bring it all down at about 7:30 a.m., the snow had melted and refroze inside.
There is still 5 feet of the mast, plus the TV antenna and camera on top, sticking up in the air and the truck cannot be driven in that situation.
Hatala said he has no idea when they will be able to return to the station.
UPDATE: Just before 11 a.m. Friday, our crew was able to fully retract the mast and leave the scene.