Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:34

City Apologizes for Snow-Covered Streets

Winter Storm Harper dumped more than a foot of snow across most of Akron Saturday and into Sunday, leaving a lot of residents stuck over the weekend. 

It's understandable, especially when it comes all at once as the snow did over the weekend. 

Monday was the Martin Luther King holiday for Akron Public Schools and Tuesday was declared a "snow day" by Superintendent David James. By Wednesday, students were ready to head back to school, but the city wasn't. By the end of the day Wednesday, a report from APS spokesman Mark Williamson was that a total of 19 school buses wound up stuck in snow and needed assistance getting out. (Update: Thursday morning 8 more school buses were stuck, according to Williamson.) Williamson said not only is it up to the city to clear the streets, but it's also up to Akron residents to clear their sidewalks, to help the students who walk to school get their safely. Otherwise, Williamson tells us, there are students walking in the streets, which is obviously dangerous. 

Back to the roads, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke with the Ray Horner Morning Show on 1590 WAKR, saying there is no excuse for the excess snow that remained through the holiday and into Wednesday, and that the city is doing everything to prevent a repeat. 

Read the full statement from the City of Akron below: 

First, an apology. We have failed to provide a timely level of service to all City streets in response to this storm, and we are sorry.

We apologize to the Akron community for the inconvenience and frustration our response has caused. The level of service we provided has fallen short of what our residents rightly expect. While we have devoted 100% of our available City resources 24/7 to plow and salt all primary, secondary and residential streets following Winter Storm Harper, the results of these efforts have been unacceptable. We appreciate the patience the Akron community has extended this week. We have heard your concerns and we will do better in the future.

Mayor Horrigan has directed the City to immediately reassess every policy, procedure, agreement and route and to make necessary changes to our approach to ensure that future snow events are addressed effectively and efficiently from day one.

What we are doing right now:

The City has deployed every single vehicle and piece of City equipment capable of removing snow and ice to work to clear City streets and plow every residential neighborhood as soon as possible. The City has deployed 7 private contractors to augment the City’s efforts and plow residential streets in tandem with our crews. They will use graders, backhoes, plow trucks and bobcats to increase our snow removal capabilities. We have established emergency mandatory overtime with the ultimate goal of opening every street in Akron before the next weather event. The County of Summit is also assisting with available truck and equipment. Public Service has called in all city workers from Sewer, Water and Public Works that are not in plow trucks to start the process of cleaning storm inlets. All together there are more than 100 vehicles currently activated within Akron to remove snow and ice from city streets.

The City will be enforcing the parking ban when necessary to clear streets. Some cars will be towed. Residents are reminded not to park on the street until the ban is lifted and all streets are clear. Due to rainfall and melting snow, there are areas of standing water. Drivers are reminded to drive slowly and cautiously in these areas.

The City has been experiencing intermittent failure of both the online 3-1-1 portal and our 3-1-1 phone line. However, every City street is on the list to be plowed, whether a 3-1-1 request is received or not. Streets are prioritized based on traffic patterns, and all streets will be plowed as soon as possible.

What is coming next:

Winter Strom Indra and freezing temperatures are on the way. Icy streets are expected in the coming days. Residents are urged to prepare accordingly. The parking ban on primary streets will likely remain in place until the accumulation from Winter Storm Indra has been cleared. The City’s all-hands-on-deck approach, including the use of private contractors will continue through the next storm event.

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Friday, 08 April 2016 20:13

UPDATE Yes, Snow In April

(UPDATE 10:50 AM) The Winter Weather Advisory that was scheduled to be in effect through this afternoon has now been LIFTED for all of Northeast Ohio.

(UPDATE 6:55 AM) A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect until 4 PM - the National Weather Service says the most snow will fall along the Ohio Turnpike.

The city of Akron has had 51 trucks out since midnight, but Akron Snow and Ice says they're mainly NOT plowing snow...the warmer temperatures are allowing salt to melt the snow.

Akron crews pre-treated interstates, expressways and hills during the day on Friday, and main roads starting at 8 PM.

The expressways and main roads are mostly wet and not snow covered this morning, just be careful.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
341 AM EDT SAT APR 9 2016

.LOW PRESSURE OVER NORTHEAST OHIO WILL DRIFT EAST OF THE REGION
TODAY PULLING IN MUCH COLDER FROM THE NORTH. SNOW WILL TAPPER
ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THE MORNING AS DRIER AIR FILLS IN BEHIND
THE LOW.

OHZ010>014-020>023-031>033-089-PAZ001>003-091545-
/O.CON.KCLE.WW.Y.0006.000000T0000Z-160409T2000Z/
LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-ASHTABULA INLAND-MEDINA-SUMMIT-
PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-
NORTHERN ERIE-SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
JEFFERSON...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...WOOSTER...
CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...ASHTABULA...ERIE...EDINBORO...MEADVILLE
341 AM EDT SAT APR 9 2016

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EDT THIS
AFTERNOON...

* ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS
  POSSIBLE ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE
  EXPECTED ALONG THE OHIO TURNPIKE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST
  SNOW WILL OCCUR DURING THE MORNING.

* IMPACTS...THE SNOW WILL MAKE DRIVING CONDITIONS DIFFICULT. IF
  YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE ADVISORY AREA...USE CAUTION AND ALLOW
  EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 20S TO NEAR 30. WIND
  CHILLS WILL DIP INTO THE TEENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NORMALLY ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS LIGHT SNOW... BLOWING SNOW...
SLEET... FREEZING RAIN AND WIND CHILLS. WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE
SIGNIFICANT... THE WORD ADVISORY IMPLIES THAT SEVERE WINTER
WEATHER IS NOT ANTICIPATED. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR
FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

(Previous coverage) Despite a winter with not much snow, early April is bringing Northeast Ohio a taste of that season.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through Saturday at 4 PM. About three to five inches are expected in the Akron/Canton area, with higher amounts near the Ohio Turnpike.

The city of Akron says it has been pre-treating roads, starting with expressways and hills and moving to the main roads.

It says that 51 Akron snow plow crews are hitting the roads at midnight.

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Monday, 11 January 2016 15:48

Here Comes The Snow Again

The National Weather Service says get ready for the snow.

There's a Winter Weather Advisory now up for most of Northeast Ohio, including the Akron/Canton area, from 3 AM until noon on Tuesday.

The NWS says one to two inches of snow by daybreak - the heaviest snow during the morning commute - will combine with 20 to 30 mile per hour winds to reduce visibilities and make driving potentionally hazardous.

That also means ODOT is in action.

The state department of transportation says it'll have 20 trucks each out in Stark and Summit Counties, and 16 in Portage County, starting on Tuesday morning.

Roads haven't yet been pretreated, due to residual salt on the roads after Sunday's storm.

But during the upcoming storm, ODOT says its crews will be using "salt and various liquids" meant to make the salt work better in colder temperatures.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
344 PM EST MON JAN 11 2016

...THE COLD AND THE SNOW CONTINUE...

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL LAKES TUESDAY
DRAGGING ANOTHER COLD FRONT ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA.

OHZ003-006>011-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-120445-
/O.NEW.KCLE.WW.Y.0001.160112T0800Z-160112T1700Z/
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-HANCOCK-SENECA-
HURON-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-
ASHLAND-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-HOLMES-KNOX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...BOWLING GREEN...PORT CLINTON...
FREMONT...SANDUSKY...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...FINDLAY...TIFFIN...
NORWALK...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...UPPER SANDUSKY...
CAREY...BUCYRUS...MANSFIELD...ASHLAND...WOOSTER...CANTON...
YOUNGSTOWN...MARION...MOUNT GILEAD...MILLERSBURG...MOUNT VERNON
344 PM EST MON JAN 11 2016

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON EST
TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 3 AM TO NOON EST TUESDAY.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVERNIGHT...WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF
  SNOW EXPECTED BY DAYBREAK. SOME OF THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED
  TO OCCUR DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

* MAIN IMPACT...SNOW COMBINED WITH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WILL
  PRODUCE BLOWING SNOW WHICH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND CREATE
  HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE TUESDAY. STAY TUNED TO
NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

(ODOT District 4, news release) ODOT District 4 is ready for the winter weather in Portage, Stark and Summit counties starting Tuesday morning. Crews have not pre-treated the roads with salt due to residual salt left on the roads from yesterday's storm. During the storm, crews will be using salt and various liquids to coat the salt to increase its efficiency during colder temperatures. Please see the below specific information on how many trucks will be plowing in each county.

Portage County – 16 trucks
Stark County – 20 trucks
Summit County- 20 trucks

Everyone can 'KNO B4 U GO' by checking ODOT's website www.Ohgo.com for up-to-date road and weather conditions, along with traffic speeds and traffic cameras.
And our best advice...In Ice and Snow, Take it Slow! & Don't Crowd the Plows

(ODOT District 4, news release) ODOT District 4 is ready for the winter weather in Portage, Stark and Summit counties starting Tuesday morning. Crews have not pre-treated the roads with salt due to residual salt left on the roads from yesterday's storm. During the storm, crews will be using salt and various liquids to coat the salt to increase its efficiency during colder temperatures. Please see the below specific information on how many trucks will be plowing in each county.

Portage County – 16 trucks
Stark County – 20 trucks
Summit County- 20 trucks

Everyone can 'KNO B4 U GO' by checking ODOT's website www.Ohgo.com for up-to-date road and weather conditions, along with traffic speeds and traffic cameras.
And our best advice...In Ice and Snow, Take it Slow! & Don't Crowd the Plows

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Ohio Residents unexpectedly are experiencing warmer weather in the months of November and December, but the people at Boston Mills Brandywine are thanking mother nature for the recent drop in temperatures.

Boston Mills Brandywine product manager Ricky McMullen said with the recent cold front; crews have been able to get to work.

"We've made really good progress with the temperatures. We've counted some high humidity. We've been able to work through it and put down some good amount of snow."

McMullen said with the recent cold temperatures, this coming week's warm weather won't affect the business's plan to open soon.

"With the amount of snow that we've been able to produce and what the forecast looks like we are going to be able to produce over the next couple of days, once we get open, we should be able to stay open with the amount of snow that we've created."

McMullen said because of the warmer temperatures the business has had a hard time staying open, opening for only one day. He said customers have still been supportive.

"People were actually pretty positive even though it didn't look like it was going to stick around very long."

Boston Mills Brandywine will make an announcement in a couple of days on when they'll be open, McMullen said.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:29

No Snow, Warm Temps Close Local Ski Resorts

The warm start to the winter season is leaving local ski resorts empty. 
 
The winter weather is taking a break -- even before it begins -- which is putting things on hold at local ski resorts.
 
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort spent last weekend making snow and opened the Boston Mills ski area on Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather quickly changed from near freezing temperatures to a warm and rainy forecast across Northeast Ohio.
 

Music to our ears.Temperatures have allowed snowmaking to begin for the 15/16 ski season.We are staying optimistic and hope to have information on opening soon.

Posted by Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort on Friday, December 18, 2015
 
The above average temperatures are expected to last through the rest of the year, which has put the winter ski season on hold for local resorts . 
 
Ski resorts typically need consistent temperatures -- generally below 28 degrees -- to make snow and a dusting of real snow helps, too. 
 
Last year, Boston Mills/Brandywine opened on New Year's Eve. In 2013, the ski resort opened the season near the end of November.
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