October 1, 2014

Elyria
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Storm causes wrecks, closes Wellington Schools

The 1-2-3 wallop of snow, rain and more snow sent dozens of vehicles into ditches Sunday.Snow also KO’d today’s classes in Wellington Exempted Village Schools where 6.1 inches were reported, according to meteorologist Mark Adams of the National Weather Service.

Snow depth varied — 4.3 inches were reported in North Ridgeville and 2 inches in Sheffield Lake, he said. The most snow in Northeast Ohio was the 9 inches reported in Solon, Adams said.

Blowing snow made things worse and wind gusts of 45 mph were measured at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, he said.

While it was bad Sunday, it could have been worse, Adams said.

An inch or two of snow fell Saturday but mostly melted when three quarters of an inch of rain fell overnight.

“The fact we warmed up overnight and got above freezing helped,” he said.

The Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol handled about 35 calls, but only nine involved damage to vehicles or property, Dispatcher Elizabeth Hyer said.

A lot of people probably stayed warm inside because it was the weekend, she said.

The high today is expected to reach the upper 20s, Adams said, with a small chance of snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

However, all that snow might start melting if temperatures reach the low 40s as expected Tuesday, he said

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.