Recovery from winter storm continues

After a rough Tuesday morning, a sense of normalcy on Wednesday.

With 10-plus inches of snow in the Youngstown area falling overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local tow truck drivers had one of their busiest days of the winter season.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – What a difference a day makes in the Mahoning Valley.

Tuesday morning, people were dealing with 6 to 12 inches of snow, and the snow was still coming down during the morning hours. On Wednesday, most schools reopened.

Some roads were still slippery Wednesday morning from some freezing drizzle and light snow that fell during the night and early Wednesday morning, but they were in much better shape.

Crews continued work on the secondary roads and side streets in the city of Youngstown on Wednesday.

In downtown Youngstown, sidewalks were, for the most part, easily passable, with downtown businesses being responsible for clearing in front of their properties.

“I think people understood that, listen, we’ve got a lot of snow. It needs to go somewhere. It can’t stay where it’s at,” said Ralf Urbach, facilities assistant and education facilitator at Oh Wow! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology.

Workers at Oh Wow! pushed hard for an ordinance last summer giving all business operators in the city’s central business district until 9 a.m. the day after a snowstorm to clear the sidewalks and make them passable to foot traffic.

Nicole Billec, attorney with the Youngstown Law Department, is in charge of enforcing the snow-removal measure, which allows the city to charge property owners up to $250 if city crews are forced to do the work. Billec said she doesn’t expect anyone will be cited.

“We’re more so, just warning people, reminding them the ordinance is in effect, and I’m probably going to send some reminder letters, too,” she said.

Because of the weight of the snow on branches and power lines, thousands were without power on Tuesday.

As of 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, nearly 500 Ohio Edison customers were still in the dark in Columbiana County, mainly in Fairfield and Elk Run townships. According to Ohio Edison’s website, the company hopes to have that power restored by Wednesday evening.

There were no large AEP outages in Columbiana County.

For those still experiencing power outages, a warming center has been established at the Highlandtown Volunteer Fire Department, located at 18371 Steubenville Pike in Salineville. The warming center is for residents of Franklin, Wayne and Washington townships due to the extended power outage in that area.

For additional information, contact the fire department at (330) 205-4882.

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