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Region hit with freezing rain, snow

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City road crews were out in full force, but the Medina city streets around Public Square got worse as the night wore on Friday. Rain turned to ice and were covered with snow. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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The winter storm caused the cancellation of classes, sporting events and activities in Medina County on Friday.

The storm brought freezing rain and snow to the area, making road conditions dangerous.

Black River Superintendent Chris Clark said he does not anticipate his district having to make up school days at the end of the school year. A 2014 change in state law replaced the minimum number of school days in a year with hours, eliminating the five calamity days that had been the previous standard.

“As long as the district hits 1,001 hours by the last day of school, we are in good shape,” Clark said.

In addition to the schools, most county offices were also closed as of noon Friday.

Weather forecasts are calling for freezing rain and heavy snowfall into this morning. The temperature dropped from the high of 50 degrees to the 20s in the late afternoon.

Medina police said there hadn’t been incidents reported yet Friday afternoon, although one lady spun out on Interstate 71 and slid into the median.

Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 said in a news release it had 20 crews on the roads putting down salt. It says it’ll be working around the clock in District 3, which includes Medina, Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland and Wayne counties.

ODOT District 3 would like to remind drivers to give the salt truck drivers room to work.

It asks that drivers don’t tailgate and try not to pass snowplows. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware that the road in front of them may be worse than the road behind them. When driving in ice and snow, be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you, because that split-second of extra time to react may save your life.

A snow emergency was declared by the Wadsworth Police Department on Friday, instituting a parking ban on all city streets. Parking bans typically last until all the snow plowing has been completed. Violators of the parking ban are subject to parking citations and/or impoundment of their vehicle.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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