April 21, 2014

Medina
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Winter storm warning today for Medina County

Folks dreaming of a white Christmas got their wish yesterday.

Today they may be getting more than they hoped for.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 a.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday.

As much as a foot of snow, driven by gusty northeast winds, are expected to create severe driving conditions, according to a National Weather Service alert, issued Tuesday afternoon.

The warning covers Medina County and a band of counties across north and central Ohio from the Indiana border to Pennsylvania.

The snow is predicted to begin this morning and gradually worsen in the afternoon and into the evening, with temperatures remaining in the upper 20s.

Winds gusting up to 30 mph are expected to cause “considerable blowing and drifting of the snow,” according to the Weather Service alert. Visibility this afternoon and evening “could be reduced to near zero at times from the combination of falling and blowing snow.”

Adrian Vistucis, a supervisor with the Medina County Highway Engineer, said Tuesday night that the department’s 16 salt trucks were ready to roll.

“All our trucks are already loaded and setting in our garage,” he said.

Vistucis, 41, said his department is responsible for 327 miles of county roads, while townships, municipalities and the state have their own crews.

Last winter saw little snowfall — meaning road salt is plentiful.

“We have a very large barn it’s completely full,” Vistucis said.

The storm is predicted to taper off Thursday, with new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Today’s storm comes five days after Friday’s less-severe blow — the first significant snow of the season.

That storm saw numerous highway crashes, including two at Poe Road and state Route 57, in Montville Township.

James G. Sell, a Medina County sheriff’s corrections officer, was critically injured when he went through a stop sign on Poe Road about 7:10 a.m. Friday and slammed into a northbound tractor-trailer, reports said.

Sell, 63, of Wadsworth, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where his condition was upgraded from critical to serious, a hospital spokesperson said Tuesday.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Thomas D. States, 69, of Brunswick, was treated at Akron General Hospital and released Sunday.

Another crash happened at the intersection Friday afternoon, but no one was injured.

The crashes, which still are being investigation, brought calls from township officials for installation of a traffic light or upgraded signs at the intersection.

Ron Bischof, chairman of the Township Board of Trustees, said Sunday he and the other two trustees will meet Thursday morning with the township police and fire chiefs to discuss the issue.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.