For all those people who love snow and spent the last few weeks whining and pining for some of the white stuff: “Are you happy now?”
As forecasters promised, Old Man Winter stepped from the shadows Thursday and Friday and served up some ice, snow and cold. Conditions are expected to improve today, but the area was under a winter weather advisory until 4 a.m.
Snow and cold closed all of Ashtabula County public and private schools both days, much to the delight of the students.
“Well, we live in northeast Ohio, so you know it was bound to happen sooner or later, said Mark Potts, superintendent of Ashtabula Area City Schools. “It’s really remarkable that we did not have a snow day until Feb. 6. That was a pretty good run of good-for-here weather.”
Potts also said the snow days came at a good time.
“Quite a few students and staff are ill so this will give everyone a couple of extra days to recover and get healthy,” he said. “Hopefully, we will be back open for learning on Monday.”
Mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze from Friday to Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland. Temperatures reached 25 degrees, but the windchill factor made it feel more like 16, according to the NWS.
“Travel can be very difficult; leave early,” said Ray Marsh, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 4. “Slow down, use caution and don’t crowd the [snow] plow.”
A light snowmist limited visibility and slippery roads made driving treacherous and contributed to a handful of minor traffic accidents Friday, according to dispatcher reports.
Every corner of Ashtabula County reported snow and ice. One to two inches of snow accumulated throughout Ashtabula County, on top of Thursday’s layer of ice, according to weatherstreet.com
Marsh said ODOT had 25 plows out on Friday and “they will remain on shift until this winter event is over.”