Spring snow storm has little impact on Portage County

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

Even though Portage County residents awoke to about three inches of snow Monday, the combination of above-freezing temperatures and prepared service departments kept roadways clear throughout the day.

Local weather expert Thomas Schmidlin said 3.2 inches of snow fell overnight. Daytime temperatures stayed above freezing, preventing periodic flurries from accumulating, he said.

Kent Service Director Gene Roberts said salt and plow crews were on standby for snow on Sunday evening and had cleared the main roads and moved to secondary and residential streets by 10:30 a.m.

"At no time did we have any areas that were impassible," Roberts said. "All our hill and bridges were maintained from the first call, and even though it was snowing pretty hard, we were able to keep up with it."

Emergency responders said the day went smoothly as well.

Brimfield Police Capt. Chris Adkins said the department responded to one car that slid off the roadway on I-76 and another on S.R. 43, but no damage resulted from either.

"It's been quiet," Adkins said. "We had one hit and skip accident on Sunnybrook Road, but that was it."

Wintry weather in Alliance to yield to warmer temperatures by weekend

Schmidlin, a Kent State University geography professor, said the spring storm brought the total snowfall for March to 9 inches.

"Getting a couple inches of snow at the end of March and in early April is not unusual," he said, adding that temperatures, usually around 50 degrees this time of year, have been colder than average. "It's colder than normal and snow is not the norm at this time of the year, but we usually get one or two inches at the end of March and early April."

Schmidlin said temperatures are likely to stay cold, but above freezing, for the remainder of the week, with moderation by the weekend.

"The snow shouldn't be too big of a burden," he said.

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