The area saw its first significant snowfall of the season and motorists quickly noticed as police officers responded to numerous crashes Tuesday morning.
Some children — and adults — burst from their doors with excitement Tuesday morning as a couple inches of snow hugged their yards and trees. Others grumbled as they scraped ice off their vehicle windows and braced for an unusually chilly day.
Whatever their response, Stark County residents got a taste of winter Tuesday — albeit a brief one — with the first snowfall of the season. Temperatures are expected to go back up this weekend.
About 2.7 inches of snow accumulated at the Akron-Canton Airport, said Brian Mitchell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. A mix of rain and snow began at about 9 p.m. Monday and then turned to snow with most of the accumulation occurring Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Mitchell said some snow showers were expected Tuesday night and some rain toward the weekend; however, the area will mainly experience a slow warming trend and mainly dry weather is expected today through Friday. A high in the mid-30s is expected today.
The weekend may feel like spring with highs in the lower to mid-50s and a 40 percent chance of showers. The normal high is 51 and the normal low is 36.
It's not unusual for the area to receive its first snowfall in early November, Mitchell said.
"We'll get through this brief welcome to winter," he said. "It'll be back again at some point. The pattern's going to stay warm until the 21st."
For the most part, motorists in the city took to the roads slowly and carefully Tuesday morning, and no major accidents were reported in the Massillon area because of
the weather, said Sgt. J. J. DiLoreto with the city Police Department.