After being hit with a heavy snowfall, the Canton area and Stark County will have to cope with extreme cold temperatures.

Now that the area is blanketed with snow, local residents and visitors must endure a deep freeze.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect for Stark County until noon Monday. The winter which blasted the area left 5.9 inches of snow Saturday and at least another 2.3 inches Sunday.

"Behind the storm, it is definitely going to pull down some Canadian air," meteorologist Brian Mitchell of the National Weather Service Cleveland bureau said early Sunday evening. "It will probably drop another 10 degrees. It will drop to about zero by early tomorrow (Monday)."

The winter storm entered this area late morning Saturday, arriving from the direction of the southwestern Plain states.

"We still have some streaming down from the Great Lakes," said Mitchell. "Some snow showers are still around. It could be an inch or so. It has been a while since we got a storm like this where everybody shared in some significant snow."

But calls around the area seemed to indicate there were no major mishaps or traffic wrecks. Sheriff offices in Stark and Carroll counties said Sunday they were not responding to any major traffic wrecks as of early Sunday evening.

 "We had our full force out," Jackson Township Trustee John Pizzino said. "We had approximately 20 trucks out. They had some long days. They actually worked about 12 hours on Saturday, and we brought them in at 5 a.m. today (Sunday). Anything that had a plow on it, we put it out. All our roads, whether it is township, county or state, are in good shape now."

In Jackson Township, one of the most heavily populated communities in Stark County, road clearance is crucial for all the residents and retail businesses.

The federal and state routes in Stark County are being served by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"The two things we are dealing with right now are lake effect snow," said Justin Chesnic, public relations officer for ODOT District Four. "The second thing we are dealing with is it is windy. It blows the snow back on the road. Plus it is cold. We have been out there plowing and treating for three days. We started on Friday."

When the storm first arrived, ODOT applied salt. But the state road maintenance workers switched to calcium chloride.

"When it gets below 20 degrees, we have to use something a little stronger than salt," Chesnic said. "It helps break up the ice and cold easier in those extremely cold temperatures."

And ODOT, which sends 22 trucks into Stark County, also is using a de-icer product known as "Beet Heet" on the roads. This is made from sugar beet juice mixed with de-icing chemicals, according to ODOT.

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