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  • Snow hits, brings closings

  • As expected, a wintry blast swept through the Tuscarawas Valley region, but — as of Friday night — its punch wasn't quite as fierce as predicted.
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  • As expected, a wintry blast swept through the Tuscarawas Valley region, but — as of Friday night — its punch wasn't quite as fierce as predicted.
    Icy and slushy roads presented problems for motorists and a dispatcher at the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said at about 9:10 p.m. that officers were contending with "lots and lots of crashes," although none were believed to be life-threatening.
    Dover and New Philadelphia police and the Tuscarawas County 911 center also reported no major incidents.
    However, earlier Friday the slick and cold conditions prompted school officials to cancel classes and sporting events throughout much of the Tuscarawas Valley region.
    Crews with the Tuscarawas County Engineer's Office were out early Friday morning, working on hills and areas where shade prevented sunlight from helping melt snow or ice.
    "It really hasn't been that bad," county Engineer Joe Bachman said Friday afternoon.
    The day shift ended at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and the department had a skeleton crew working Friday night to deal with any places that needed attention.
    Bachman expected to have his crews out again between 4 and 5 a.m. today to clear county roads.
    Statewide, the storm closed hundreds of schools in central and southwestern Ohio. Canceled flights were reported Friday at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati.
    Winter storm and ice warnings were also in effect Friday for parts of several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
    Some areas of the state were expected to see temperatures plunge into teens for the weekend.
    Locally, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh is predicting partly sunny skies today, with a high near 27.
    Snow is likely again on Sunday, mainly after 2 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts Sunday night will be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.
    By the middle of next week, lows are predicted to be down in the single digits, the weather service said.