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The Suburbanite
  • Winter storm warning: Stark can expect 8-12 inches

  • Snow is on the way — lots of it, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter storm warning.

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  • The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning ahead of an anticipated snowfall that could bring up to a foot of the white stuff.
    The warning issued at 3:44 a.m. Wednesday is in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday with an expected “heavy snowfall” of eight to 12 inches of snow.
    Although snow is expected to spread across the northeastern part of the state Wednesday morning, “Heavy snow and blowing snow is expected this afternoon and evening,” the weather service said on its website at www.erh.noaa.gov.
    Wind gusts causing blowing snow could reduce visibility “to near zero at times,” the weather service said.
    Some portions of western Ohio and counties that line Lake Erie have already been issued a blizzard warning. But the warning for Stark and the counties surrounding it is a storm warning.
    The chance of snowfall was listed at 100 percent Wednesday and Wednesday night with Thursday’s chance of snow at 60 percent.
    The weather service said winds were expected out of the east at 18 to 23 mph with gusts up to 33 mph during the day when the heaviest portion is expected to fall.
    Stark County salt-and-plow trucks are already “hitting the bridges,” but until the snow starts to fall, they’re waiting hit the highways, said Eric Rehfus, road maintenance superintendent for the Stark County Engineer’s Office.
    “We have all 23 trucks ready to go, and we have 5,500 tons of salt on hand,” he said.