Area sees weather-related accidents; some schools delay early

SANDUSKY The sight of snow-covered streets and the sound of shovels scraping the sidewalk greeted ma
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The sight of snow-covered streets and the sound of shovels scraping the sidewalk greeted many area residents Sunday morning.

Both Ottawa and Sandusky counties were under a Level 2 snow advisory Sunday, and Erie County officials discouraged drivers from using the roads unless absolutely necessary. A Level 2 advisory means the roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and people should only drive if it is necessary.

Lt. John Werner, Erie County Sheriff's Office, said all road crews were continuously plowing streets in both the city and township Sunday. But the heavy winds were causing more of a problem than the snow because streets needed to be plowed multiple times.

As far as car accidents, Werner said Erie County has been pretty lucky. They saw only one accident since Saturday afternoon, but had seven cars and one snow mobile drove off the road Sunday.

"We've had cars going off into ditches due to hazardous roadways, but there wasn't enough damage to call it an accident," Werner said.

Sandusky County also had weather related traffic accidents and vehicles off the road, but none that resulted in injury, according to the sheriff's office.

The most serious weather-related incident took place on Put-in-Bay, where a 50-year-old man was found unconscious in the snow early Sunday morning and was treated for hypothermia, according to Put-In-Bay police. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Catawba Island by Coast Guard station Marblehead and then to Magruder Hospital.

Meteorologist Dave Bowers, of, said the worst of the storm is over.

"This is the same storm that you've been hearing about wreaking havoc back in Kansas and is now still raging across upstate New York," Bowers said. "Three to five of mostly snow and some ice fell. The bulk of the snow is over."

Bowers said the first part of the week should be partly sunny with temperatures reaching the 40s on Wednesday. Another storm is headed towards Erie County late Thursday or Thursday night, and will bring with is wet snow or rain.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Margaretta Schools, Bellevue Schools, Norwalk Schools and Port Clinton Schools were on a 2-hour delay for today. Sandusky, Perkins and Huron schools said they would wait until the morning to decide about closings or delays.

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