First snowfall kept plow drivers busy

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Those working to keep the roadways clear and dry said the snowfall from the area’s first big winter storm of the season may be ending, but the problems could continue to make driving difficult Monday evening.

Once local road crews managed to plow away several inches of wet snow and slush Monday morning, most roads around the area were left wet for the most part and easily passable. Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said with plenty of advance warning, crews were able to get a jump on the conditions early enough for the morning rush.

“The forecasts were pretty much spot on today, which is good. It helps us for planning. We got our crews out a little bit earlier than they normally start. It seems like that addressed all the issues,” Ginnetti said.

Still, Ginnetti said if the temperatures drop again as expected, roads that are now just wet could re-freeze, making conditions hazardous all over again.

“The single-digits concern me because the conditions now are wet. This is a wet, heavy snow. If it melts down and we get cold, obviously it is gonna freeze up, so we are gonna play it by ear and plan accordingly,” Ginnetti said.

He said if conditions deteriorate again, he will have crews back out again early Tuesday morning.

The several inches of snow that fell overnight Sunday also gave homeowners and plow operators plenty to keep them busy.

“Slushy, icy. People need to be careful when they are traveling and stuff. It is a little slick out there,” Julie Richardson of Stanley Landscaping said.

She said her crews started pre-salting about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The quick snowfall caught some people by surprise.

“I can’t believe it. I looked outside, 4 to 5 inches and it is very, very heavy,” John Spencer of Boardman said.

He found the wet, heavy snow to be too much for his snow blower.

“The snow blower does not do the job. You need this fabulous shovel. This is the best,” Spencer said.

And although the snowfall may have been enough for some to stay home, delivery drivers had little choice.

“It comes down to the basics of just driving. Whether it is dry or snowy, whatever you do, don’t tailgate. That is the big thing,” delivery driver Don Brown said.

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