June 29, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Wintry blast causes crashes

Saturday’s heavy snowfall turned area roads into skating rinks with scores of minor crashes reported.

“I think we handled 40 to 45 between 3 p.m. and midnight,” said Sgt. Jason Bittinger of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Medina post.

There were no reports of serious injuries due to the storm.

“Most were just slideoffs or fender benders,” he said.

Bittinger estimated about 30 of the incidents happened on Interstate highways, where traffic was slowed to a crawl.

“It started out with rain, then it became sleet and then the roads started freezing,” he said. “The weather was so bad traffic was only moving 20 to 30 mph.”

According to the National Weather Service, a total of five inches of snow was measured at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. That pushed the total snowfall for the season to 84.8 inches — 20.5 inches more than average and 33.4 inches more than recorded last year. The record for snowfall was set in 2004-5 when 117.9 inches was reported.

The most serious crash happened in Brunswick on Saturday morning before the snow fell. About 9:30 a.m., one vehicle crashed into another on Center Road (state Route 303) near Hadcock Road and flipped over.

Both drivers — a man and a woman — were hospitalized. There names and condition reports were not available Sunday.

Center Road between Gary Boulevard and Kent Drive was closed for about two hours.

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