The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 27, 2012

Snow big, problems little

By WARREN DILLAWAY - warren@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

— Sore backs from shoveling driveways seemed to be the main problem for area residents after nearly a foot of snow dropped on parts of Ashtabula County on Wednesday and early Thursday.

Eight inches of snow fell on Ashtabula between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, said Ron Coursen, who measures snowfall for the National Weather Service within Ashtabula city limits. He said there were three inches already on the ground so the total was more than 11 inches.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Thayne said there were not a lot of crashes during the snowstorm. He said once people got home from work Wednesday, the situation calmed significantly.

Area residents woke to find snow on the ground but none in the air in most parts of Ashtabula County. “Today (Thursday) most of the roads got plowed,” Thayne said.

Ashtabula Fire Department representatives said they didn’t have any significant weather related events.

Conneaut Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Sanford said things were calm in Conneaut as well. “Actually everything went really smooth,” he said.

Capt. Randy Goss of the Geneva Fire Department said they did not have any weather-related incidents. 

Snow plows had cleared most of the major roads by 8 a.m. but area residents and school employees were out clearing sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.