August 22, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
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Winter blast pounds county

An Ohio Department of Transportation plow clears snow off Interstate 71 south Friday morning. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

An Ohio Department of Transportation plow clears snow off Interstate 71 south Friday morning. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Medina County was pounded Friday with another blast of winter, one that canceled classes countywide.

The National Weather Service reported about nine inches of snow a fell in parts of the county before abating late Friday afternoon.

Several minor crashes and cars running off roadways were reported throughout Friday. A portion of State Road near state Route 303 in Hinckley Township was closed about 11 a.m. due to snow and ice.

The Ohio Highway Patrol handled 25 minor accidents Friday, most of them due to unsafe speed for the road conditions, Trooper Timothy Sankoe said.

“I think we’ll see a continuation of pullouts and crashes until county, township and state departments can get caught up with plowing the roads,” he said Friday afternoon.

Brunswick police handled 10 accidents and six disabled vehicles, a dispatcher said. Medina police dealt with two accidents and one disabled vehicle. A Wadsworth dispatcher said there were no serious accidents and noted Monday’s winter storm was much worse than Friday’s.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 2 snow emergency at 4 a.m. Friday. Level 2 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and/or flooding. The snow emergency was in effect throughout the day.

A sheriff’s dispatcher said deputies handled 12 disabled vehicles.

“Travel only unless you need to be out, but we would prefer people not be out on the roads,” said officer William Pavlick of the Sheriff’s Office. “We advise people not to drive in these (blizzard) conditions.”

Also Friday, Medina, Wadsworth and Brunswick issued snow-emergency parking bans, which mandate motorists not park on city streets.

Lee Yates, a 25-year employee of Medina Auto Parts, clears off the sidewalk Friday morning in front of the store on West Liberty Street in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Lee Yates, a 25-year employee of Medina Auto Parts, clears off the sidewalk Friday morning in front of the store on West Liberty Street in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)