After several days of spring-like weather, a wintry weekend followed by a frigid week is what Stark County is getting.
Frank Kieltyka, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said Friday that three to five inches of snow was expected by midnight. The southern part of the county was expected to see the bulk of the snow, Kieltyka said.
The good news is area road crews were ready with salt and plows, and sunlight is expected to sparkle on the snow today.
Joe Berens, operations superintendent for the Massillon Road and Highway Department, said trucks already had gone out Friday morning to pre-treat the bridges and some of the roads downtown — especially with the city hosting the Division IV state championship high school football game in the afternoon.
"We already did them first thing," Berens said. "Especially on the bridges because bridges freeze first."
Four salt trucks returned to the roads Friday afternoon as a precaution.
"Hopefully that will hold it," he said. "Everything's super right now, it's just precautionary."
Nine salt trucks were ready to go in Perry Township Friday afternoon.
"We have them all loaded, we're just waiting for the snow to get here," John Masalko, road superintendent for Perry Township, said early Friday afternoon.
Navarre Mayor Robert Benson said the village roads still had salt on them from the last snowfall.
"We're all set in Navarre," Mayor Robert Benson said. "Our guys are great. We've got the plows."
RESIDENTS SHOULD BE READY, TOO
The American Red Cross advises that residents have on hand supplies for events such as winter storms. Three days worth of water — one gallon per person per day; and a three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food is recommended. A flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries and a first-aid items also should be in a supply kit. A complete list is available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.
With subzero temperatures on the way, keeping your vehicle's gas tank full will prevent the fuel line from freezing. And if you go away for the winter, the Red Cross advises keeping the heat on in your home at a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
Today, highs are predicted in the mid-20s with partly to mostly cloudy skies, Kieltyka said. Lows are expected in the teens tonight. Sunday temperatures will reach around 30.
A wintry mix is on the way Sunday night. Snow will develop Sunday in the afternoon, and then Sunday night there's a chance of freezing rain and sleet, Kieltyka said. This will be a short-lived event and conditions will improve close to daybreak Monday, he said.
For the upcoming week, the mercury will be a roller coaster with highs in the mid-30s on Monday and then dropping. Highs are expected to be in the teens on Tuesday with single-digit lows both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The temperature will then creep up to the lower 20s for highs on Wednesday and Thursday.
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