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Communities say they’re ready for first major snowstorm

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Depth forecasts are all over the map and are entirely at the whim of the oncoming storm, a rare, wet, south-to-north event. The only thing certain is the Barberton/Norton area will get some.

The Ohio Department of Transportation shared that it has already deployed its forces in advance of the storm, expected to hit the greater Akron area around 7 p.m. Sunday night. But what of the roads the cities handle themselves?

“Internally, I have communicated with my staff and we’re ready,” Barberton Mayor William Judge told The Herald Sunday afternoon. “Our crews are prepared for the storm event and we continue to track the storm details.”

Barberton also activated its street parking ban, effective 8 p.m. Sunday.

“I confirmed Friday all trucks were ready and we were supplied with salt,” Norton city administrator Robert Fowler said.

The National Weather Service predicted the bulk of the snowfall would happen between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday, with the heaviest accumulation a few miles east of southwest Summit County. The wet, heavy snow could bring down power lines. Roads will be snow-covered and extremely hazardous. Officials urge citizens to avoid travel if possible and use extreme caution if not.

1 Comment

  1. Fear on January 16, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    We’ll see how prepared they were in the morning.

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