April 18, 2014

Elyria
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Weather contributes to wrecks; more snow expected today

ELYRIA — It only took about 2 inches of snow to turn roads into skating rinks Saturday as the first part of a major winter storm hit.

State troopers in Elyria reported that about 25 cars slid off the highways between 2 and 9 p.m. The trouble spots were along state Routes 2, 82 and 252, dispatchers said.

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Ice and snow made travel treacherous on Saturday. This van was one of several vehicles unable to climb the slight rise to cross the railroad tracks on Olive Street in Elyria.

The Ohio Department of Transportation had 12 plows in service starting about 1:30 p.m., but heavy flurries about 6 p.m. buried many roads in an inch of slushy ice.

Several cars got stuck at the bottom of the Ford Road hill just before 4 p.m. and it had to be closed. Gulf Road near the Spring Valley Country Club also was shut down a few minutes later because vehicles were sliding off the shoulder.

The bad news: More snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service is predicting near-blizzard conditions today, with 4 to 8 inches of snow by 7 p.m.

Forecasters are calling it a very dangerous storm and warning that 40-mph winds will cause snow to drift tonight.