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DAVID RIVERA surveys damage to his garage and back yard after a tree fell during a windy Sunday afternoon on West 58th Street in Ashtabula.

Rain and sleet turned into fluffy white snow Sunday afternoon, bringing winter’s full force to Ashtabula County.

Winds gusted at 30 to 40 mph Sunday evening, blowing the snow sideways and limiting visibility for motorists.

The wind also caused some trouble for Ashtabula resident David Rivera, who found his truck, fence and detached garage damaged by large fallen tree limbs.

“I suppose this caused $2,000 or more in damage,” Rivera said. “The wind was blowing and blowing and then the branches just gave way. We had to cut the limbs to get the truck out.”

Rivera’s property was hit by the smaller branches. Another neighbor’s detached garage was damaged by the tree and was hit by the largest of the limbs.

Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher Sharon Bradley said the Saybrook Post was busy with calls Sunday evening as stranded motorists slid into ditches and medians.

“We have had a lot of calls, but really only one accident without injuries. People are just going too fast for the conditions,” Bradley said.

“But the weather is nasty, nasty, nasty. These are white-out conditions.”

A winter storm warning was expected to end at 4 a.m. today for all of northeast Ohio and northeast Pennsylvania, according to www.weather.com

The Ashtabula County area was hammered by heavy snow Sunday night and received the heaviest accumulation of four to eight inches with drifting snow and near white-out conditions, the website forecasted.

Today, forecasts call for one to three more inches of blowing and drifting snow, winds of 20 to 30 mph and temperatures in the 20s . The winds will calm tonight with just flurries forecast for the night and no new accumulation Tuesday.

In his 28 years living on West 58th Street, Rivera said he has seen the worst of Ashtabula’s Lake Effect weather.

“But this year, this storm really got us,” he said.

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