Snow pounds Sunday motorists


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – After a few days reprieve, Mahoning Valley drivers were “treated” to another round of slick roads.

Many roads were snow-covered and slippery early Sunday morning and many remained that day throughout the day as crews struggled to keep up with the constant snowfall.

Safety forces have criss-crossd the Valley all day to help drivers who found themselves sliding off the roads.

Brent Kovacs, with the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 4, said 40 trucks have been on the major routes all day in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. He said that as of the beginning of the weekend, District 4 had 50,000 pounds of road salt.

The district includes Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Ashtabula counties.

Bill Marceau with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Mercer County said they have had from 20 to 25 trucks on the roads since midnight spreading salt and brine.

Kovacs said that as of mid-afternoon, the major roads were wet and a little slow, but passable. Crews will treat the roads as long as the snow keeps falling.

The snow is keeping tow trucks driver busy across the Valley. Tim Wertz runs a tow truck and was busy in Boardman Sunday helping drivers who found themselves off the road because of the slippery, snow-covered roadways. He said he had 15 calls since the snow started to fall  late Saturday night.

“A lot of slipping and sliding around, people sliding into ditches,” said Wertz. “The biggest thing is when they go to make a turn, they can’t stop. They’re just a little bit too fast.”

Up to four inches of snow is expected Sunday with higher totals in some areas. High temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 20s.

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