It was a short night for road crews throughout Northeast Ohio.
In Akron, most roads remain snow-covered and slippery.
As predicted, several inches of snow fell in the region overnight, ending around 4:30 a.m.
"We are currently working on primaries only," said Keith Harpster with Akron Snow and Ice Control. "We haven't been on any secondary routes, so all secondary streets will bring some difficulty in traveling."
Harpster says they hope to begin addressing those needs later in the morning.
Harpster says two things worked in their favor: Temperatures hovered in the upper teens/low 20's, about 15 degrees warmer than it was Friday morning. Second, the timing of the winter storm was ideal since the snow fell after the Friday afternoon rush hour and volume tends to be light during the early hours on a Saturday morning.
Interstates in the Akron area were also snow-covered around 5:30 a.m.
The chilly temperatures have arrived!
Howling winds and light snow accumulation prompted the Akron city plows to hit the streets early Friday morning.
Joe Toth with Akron Snow and Ice Control tells AkronNewsnow.com, that the roads could be slick in some spots and reminds motorists to take their time.
"The primaries are lightly coated with snow and we have 49 truck out there on the primary routes this morning," he said.
He said the trucks will continue to spread salt.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, which is in effect until 3 p.m. Two to four inches of snow could accumulate Friday morning. Forecasters say it's possible snow showers could bring an additional inch or two Friday night.
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Local governments have little choice but to buy road salt no matter what the price. The holders of those public purse strings hope that the price is low, something that can be prompted by an ample supply and it appears to have shaped up that way for the city of Akron.
"There seems to be a readily available supply throughout the state and prices actually came down about 3.6% from last year," said Akron Public Works Manager Paul Barnett.
Barnett says it's welcome news to Akron and many other cities in Ohio, where budgets are tight.
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He says finances are also behind the decision to switch back to a road treatment mixture that includes beet juice. The cost of a different, pre-mixed material has as gone up, making the beet juice a less expensive option.
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