Local snowfall expected, troublesome

STEUBENVILLE – Snow totals ranged from 2 inches to 8 inches from north to south overnight as snow plow drivers battled snow, sleet and freezing rain.

John Darnley, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Moon Township, Pa., said snow reports varied from north to south, with the southern areas of Brooke and Jefferson counties getting more freezing rain. The precipitation stayed mostly snow father to the north, with those areas having the higher snow totals, he said.

The weather service is watching another system that will approach the area Sunday. Darnley said there is a chance of snow showers from Sunday into Monday but it is too early to tell exactly what that system will produce.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported several minor accidents because of the overnight storm.

“People seem to be driving pretty sensible. It has been a rough winter so they have had a lot of practice,” said patrol Sgt. Barry Thompson of the Steubenville Post.

The Jefferson County garage of the Ohio Department of Transportation had 11 drivers out all night plowing and salting state routes.

Ty Justice, ODOT county manager, said crews today were to finish clearing snow off the berms of roads.

Steubenville City Manager Tim Boland said Tuesday night salt supplies are, “very tight” and all communities in Ohio are dealing with low supplies.

“Our Maintenance and Repair Director Bob Baird is monitoring the city’s salt supply on a daily basis. We are putting forth tremendous efforts to monitor our salt deliveries. This is something we need to make certain its taken care of so we can provide the services to our residents,” Boland said during comments to the City Council.

“We will continue to be on top of this. We have been in contact with the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding the salt supplies. We are hoping for relief in the near future,” added Boland.

ODOT is nearing its purchasing limit on four contracts negotiated last summer with suppliers to provide the salt for the state and for local governments, and is working on negotiating new deals with the salt companies. That would make available additional salt deliveries to local communities under a state-purchasing program.