March is coming in like the proverbial lion — or maybe more like a snow leopard.
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland is predicting six to nine inches of snow between Saturday night and Monday morning.
Local, county and state officials say they’re ready to go another round with what’s turned out to be a very tough Old Man Winter.
More than 52 inches of snow has fallen so far — 17ﾽ more than normal at this point in the season and about a foot more than the area saw at this time last year, according to the weather service.
Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said his crews are prepared.
“We got a salt delivery yesterday and we’re sitting pretty,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of salt, we’re scheduling guys for round-the-clock shifts and getting all the trucks and equipment in good repair.
“We’re ready for anything this storm brings.”
Piccoli said his crews will plow through the snowfall and then salt at the end to clean up after the storm has passed.
“It’s ineffective if you salt while plowing,” he said.
Brunswick Service Director Pat McNamara said his city had 1,200 tons of salt in stock and just received another 400 tons Friday.
McNamara said his crews and equipment are ready to work around the clock.
“Steady as she goes, and we’re just going to grind it out,” he said.
Medina County Assistant Engineer Andy Conrad said the county has a couple thousand tons of salt in storage, and his staff is waiting to fire up the plows.
“We’ve got trucks available and guys available, and it shouldn’t be out of the ordinary for us,” he said.
Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joyce Miller said that while ODOT still is working to get salt to some Ohio communities, the state has more than 3,500 tons of salt at its two facilities in Medina County.
“This is more than enough salt to get us through the storm predicted this coming weekend,” she said.
Kirk Lombardy at the National Weather Service said the snow should begin this afternoon and the storm will hit around nighttime.
Weather officials said once the snow starts, it won’t be stopping until the early morning hours of Monday.
“Basically what we’re looking at is light snow during the day today, and likely more tonight,” he said. “We’ll have increasing intensity tonight into Sunday morning, continuing during the day Sunday and it should taper off by Sunday night.”
Lombardy said the temperatures will remain in the 20s through this weekend, dipping down into the teens Sunday night and into Monday, with winds between 10 and 15 mph.
Southern Ohio is expected to see heavier snowfall through the weekend.
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