Area residents awoke to a winter wonderland Tuesday morning when several inches of snow covered the city and surrounding areas.
With schools closed, area children spent the day sledding, building snowmen and constructing forts. By early afternoon many of the streets had been plowed and salted. Erie County Sheriff Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the area saw few weather-related accidents.
"The roads at this point are just fine. The salt's been working pretty well and the road crews. So for the most part, they are just wet," he said Tuesday evening.
The sheriff's department responded to at least three non-injury crashes in Vermilion, Florence and Margaretta Township. Around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the slick roads contributed to Wilbert Deal driving off the right side of Maple Avenue before spinning around and hitting a fence with the left side of his car. He was cited for failure to control a moving vehicle.
Meteorologist Shawn Smith said certain areas saw anywhere from 6-12 inches of snow Tuesday. Today will see wind gusts with a coating of up to an inch of snow, he said.
Snow from the main storm, which by nightfall was centered over Pennsylvania, will probably continue through the afternoon today.
"It's been pretty windy in the area, and that will continue with possible wind gusts in the 30-35 mile per hour wind range," Smith said.
Smith said he expects the high to reach 22 degrees today, but it will likely feel closer to 4 below with the wind chill.