July 28, 2014

Medina
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Just how nasty has this winter been?

Veteran Medina City Service Department driver Jim Pitsenbarger, of Wooster, works to clear neighborhood streets in the southern part of the city Sunday afternoon. About 4 inches of snow fell earlier in the day. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Veteran Medina City Service Department driver Jim Pitsenbarger, of Wooster, works to clear neighborhood streets in the southern part of the city Sunday afternoon. About 4 inches of snow fell earlier in the day. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

David Knox and Nick Glunt

Enough already. The evidence is in and a verdict can be rendered: This winter is guilty of crimes against hospitality — it’s definitely overstayed its welcome.

Since Dec. 1, the area has been seen nearly 53 inches of snow — 15 inches more than normal and 22 more inches than recorded at this point last year, according the National Weather Service.

Not only has this winter dumped more snow than usual, it’s also been colder.

Since Jan. 6, when a polar vortex sent temperatures to a record-breaking 11 degrees below zero, the area has seen six more nights of subzero lows.

Over that span, the highs have been below freezing on 19 of 34 days.

This week’s outlook calls for more of the same, with highs Monday and Tuesday expected to reach only the midteens and a low Tuesday night of 3 below.

Highs aren’t expected to break the freezing mark until Thursday, at the earliest.

Officials expect roads will be clear for this morning’s rush hour thanks to extra plows called out Sunday to deal with the unexpectedly heavier snowfall.

Medina City Service Director Nino Piccoli said six plows were called in to handle the 2-to-4 inches of snow that came down overnight and Sunday morning.

“I don’t know if it was lake effect or not, but it accumulated pretty quickly,” he said. “This winter’s been something else.”

Piccoli said roads should be salted and safe for driving by morning.

Earlier Sunday, Piccoli said cold temperature caused some problems because salt takes longer to melt snow and ice. As a result, he said salt was only getting put down on hills, intersections and curves.

“There’s no sense putting it down because it can’t do its job,” Piccoli said about 1 p.m. “But the sun’s coming out now, so that’s helping.”

The temperature in the afternoon rose to a high of 24.

Piccoli said plow drivers were scheduled to work 10- to 12-hour shifts Sunday so to finish up around 9 p.m.

The snow caused drivers to skid off roads in cities, villages and townships, but police reported no serious crashes.

Wadsworth officials had released a parking ban while streets were plowed.

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller had issued a Level 1 snow alert Sunday morning, advising drivers to take great care while on the roads. The alert was lifted at 5 p.m.

Contact managing editor David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

THE POLAR INDEX

Here are the highs and lows since a polar vortex sent temperatures to record-breaking levels.

Feb. 9
Hi: 24
Lo: 17

Feb. 8
Hi: 20
Lo: 3

Feb. 7
Hi: 13
Lo: -3 (record low)

Feb. 6
Hi: 21
Lo: 4

Feb. 5
Hi: 26
Lo: 17

Feb. 4
Hi: 27
Lo: 9

Feb. 3
Hi: 26
Lo: 10

Feb. 2
Hi: 38
Lo: 24

Feb. 1
Hi: 43
Lo: 30

Jan. 31
Hi: 36
Lo: 31

Jan. 30
Hi: 33
Lo: 11

Jan. 29
Hi: 16
Lo: -2

Jan. 28
Hi: 7
Lo: -9

Jan. 27
Hi: 41
Lo: -1

Jan. 26
Hi: 37
Lo: 6

Jan. 25
Hi: 30
Lo: 12

Jan. 24
Hi: 21
Lo: -1

Jan. 23
Hi: 12
Lo: 3

Jan. 22
Hi: 12
Lo: 5

Jan. 21
Hi: 19
Lo: 8

Jan. 20
Hi: 37
Lo: 19

Jan. 19
Hi: 35
Lo: 20

Jan. 18
Hi: 21
Lo: 11

Jan. 17
Hi: 39
Lo: 14

Jan. 16
Hi: 30
Lo: 21

Jan. 15
Hi: 35
Lo: 26

Jan. 14
Hi: 45
Lo: 35

Jan. 13
Hi: 49
Lo: 41

Jan. 12
Hi: 41
Lo: 34

Jan. 11
Hi: 51
Lo: 35

Jan. 10
Hi: 46
Lo: 31

Jan. 9
Hi: 31
Lo: 5

Jan. 8
Hi: 21
Lo: 4

Jan. 7
Hi: 4
Lo: -11 (record low)

Jan. 6
Hi: 33
Lo: -11 (record low)

Source: National Weather Service