The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory as the snow tapers off, winds increase and bitter cold results.
The snow continued to fall Friday morning as salt-and-plow trucks scoured the highways. But this latest round of winter weather had closed no roads nor summoned emergency responders to even a handful of weather-related fender-benders.
"We have all 23 trucks out. They've been out since 3:30 a.m.," said Eric Rehfus, highway superintendent with the Stark County Engineer's Office.
Only one truck sustained damage, but it was only out of service for about 20 minutes. Rehfus said the hydraulic line was quickly repaired and the truck was back in service.
"People just need to slow down," he said, noting the snow-covered roads and cold.
Since the snow began falling Dec. 31, nearly 6 inches has fallen in Stark County, according to the National Weather Service.
John Mayers, meteorologist with the weather service's Cleveland office, said the Akron Canton Airport reported 1.2 inches on Dec. 31, 0.7 inch on New Year's Day and 4 inches Thursday.
The snow was still falling Friday morning, but it was listed as "light to moderate" at the airport, he said around 7:30 a.m.
"That should let up throughout the morning," he said. "This is just some lake-effect snow that's occurring. The winds are out of the north-northeast right now and, around 1 o'clock, when the winds shift to out of the west, it should taper off."
But snow isn't the only hazard facing northeast Ohio.
The weather service has issued a wind chill advisory for all of Ohio, parts of Michigan and western Pennsylvania. Wind out of the north were expected to blast through the area at up to 20 mph resulting in wind chills up to 15 degrees below zero until mid-morning, the weather service said.
"A wind chill advisory is issued when strong wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin," the weather service's website said at www.erh.noaa.gov. "The wind will make it feel like it is 10 degrees below zero or colder for a period of several hours." The advisory is aimed at helping people avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
The wind chill in Stark County was listed on the website as 11 degrees below zero during the day Friday with winds out of the west at up to 13 mph and less than an inch of new snowfall. The temperature was expected to dip to an overnight low of 7 degrees Friday night and rise to 30 degrees on Saturday, but Saturday's wind chill was expected to be 10 degrees below zero.
Then the snow returns.
"Now it looks as though we might have something in the works for Sunday," Mayers said. "Right now we're thinking 3 to 5 inches of widespread snow. But it's still a little bit early to tell because we're not 100 percent certain of the track of the snow yet."
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