Staff and wire reports
Another winter storm is bearing down on the area — but this time it’s coming up from the southwest. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Northeast Ohio from 7 p.m. today to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The heaviest snow is expected today between 9 and 11 p.m.
Blowing and drifting snow and visibility down to a quarter mile will make driving difficult.
Snow accumulations are expected to total as much as 10 inches with winds of about 16 mph.
Today’s high is predicted to be about 27 degrees, falling to a low of 23. Wednesday’s temperature is expected to reach 26 degrees but be much colder overnight, with a low of about 7 degrees.
The snow already hit the southern and southeast portions of Ohio, beginning Sunday night.
Ohio University in Athens and Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, along the Ohio River, canceled classes Monday, and some government offices closed.
Kim Carver, director of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency in Portsmouth, said numerous traffic accidents were reported, although none appeared serious.
“It was mostly bent fenders and hurt feelings,” said Carver, who estimated the area received about 8 to 10 inches of snow.
The Skyline Family Restaurant at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in Minford closed.
“We didn’t want our employees risking their lives,” co-owner Tammy Blackburn said. She said she and her husband went in only to accept a delivery.
“We have a four-wheel drive, but the roads were terrible with ice and snow,” Blackburn said. “People are ready for this winter to be over. It’s been really tough on businesses and it’s cut into employees’ hours.”
Bill Schneider, from Beaver in nearby Pike County, stopped by the restaurant for coffee after clearing off some neighbors’ driveways.
“This was the biggest snow we’ve had this year,” said Schneider, who had about 8 inches at his home. “They are working on the roads, but they’re still icy.”
An auto parts store employee in Athens said that area received 7 to 10 inches.
“People are getting out and about, but the roads are still covered with snow,” Auto Zone employee Jared Hill said.
He said most customers were buying wiper blades.
“It was batteries mostly last week because of the cold,” he said, referring to subzero temperatures that hit Ohio the past few weeks.
The snow had ended over the state by early Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. But more is expected this afternoon or evening.
Forecasters expect the heaviest snow probably will be north of Columbus and Dayton, with southern Ohio possibly getting rain or snow mixed with rain or freezing rain.
“Wednesday morning will be dicey for travel in some areas,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Franks said.