Sandusky area dodges the worst of early winter storm

SANDUSKY While planes sat grounded and workers stayed home across the Northeast and Midwest, the San
May 24, 2010



While planes sat grounded and workers stayed home across the Northeast and Midwest, the Sandusky area escaped the worst of the winter's first major storm.

Although sleet fell for several hours Friday morning, roads were not as icy as expected. Ice-laden tree limbs did bring down power lines in several places, however, and area schools were closed.

More snow is on the way this weekend.

Gary Mortus, area manager for Ohio Edison, said about 2,000 customers in the Fairview Lanes area of Perkins Township were without power for less than an hour Friday afternoon. A tree limb pulled down a power line at 12:11 p.m., and power was restored at 12:53 p.m.

There were also several other outages in the area, he said, but by evening crews had fixed them and headed to the Defiance area, where storm damage was worse.

Schoolchildren got an early start on their holiday break when districts closed Friday.

Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner said that looked like the right decision at 6 a.m. with freezing drizzle coming down and more in the forecast.

"Certainly we do err on the side of safety," he said. "We felt that was the safest and most prudent thing to do."

Schools will not have to make up the missed time unless they close five more days this year.

The storm did make the Ohio Turnpike somewhat treacherous Friday morning. Sgt. Tony Myers with the Milan post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the post handled 11 crashes from 4-11:30 a.m.

Only two of the accidents involved injuries, he said. Road conditions improved as the day wore on.

More cold, wet weather is in the forecast this weekend. meteorologist Alan Reppert said most of today should be dry, but snow is likely starting tonight and continuing through Sunday or Monday.

Snow accumulation could be 2-4 inches. Sandusky could also see a white Christmas, Reppert said.

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