Spring and winter snow advisories for four northeastern Ohio counties in effect through Sunday afternoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Motorists may want to exercise extra caution as they head into Cleveland and surrounding areas this weekend.

Less than a week into spring, a winter snow advisory through 2:00 p.m. Sunday for Cuyahoga County, Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula Inland County.

Additional snow accumulations of four to six inches are expected in the snowbelt.

At one point Saturday night, snow was really falling in Lake County, with some stuck to the roads.

The early spring storm sent a cold welcome to motorist Ron Adkins, who just returned from Florida to northeast Ohio: “I think it’s crazy. We just got back from Florida and it was 85 degrees when we left, and we’re back to that. This is northeast Ohio.

Spokeswoman Amanda McFarland said the Ohio Department of Transportation has 180 snow plows in northeast Ohio in case the storm becomes more intense.

As the day progressed, however, McFarland said conditions were mild enough that they might not be needed in most areas for significant tillage.

“Really no worries. Unfortunately, it all falls as rain, so we weren’t able to do any pre-processing,” she said. “I don’t think it will harm us in any way as the pavement and ground temperature had warmed up quite nicely.”

ODOT doesn’t expect a lot of ice, but caution that you can never be too careful, especially on the ramps, bridges and overpasses which tend to be the coldest and freeze first.

As Adkins reminded us, this is northeast Ohio and snow is not uncommon this time of year.

“Last year we had snow in mid-May,” he said.

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