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    A semitruck is turned over in a ditch Sunday on state Route 303 in Hinckley Township. It was carrying supplies from the Aldi warehouse in Hinckley. Crews spent Monday digging the semi out of the ditch.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF HINCKLEY TOWNSHIP POLICE

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Medina County residents are still digging out from what is thought to be the largest snowfall in several years.

With the wind chill dipping to below zero Monday night, one wouldn’t believe what’s coming next.

Martin Mullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland, said he expects the temperatures to reach 40 degrees on Wednesday.

Then, another cold front is expected.

He said the snow is just about over for now, even though a few flurries could be in the future.

“It’s pretty much done,” he said. “There will be a new storm today, with another round of snow and rain. It could push 40 on Wednesday.”

The National Weather Service released snow totals for Medina County.

Homer Township was hit with 17 inches of snow. It was one of the highest totals in Northeast Ohio. Only Monroe Center in Ashtabula County saw more snow — 17.6 inches.

The report said Medina got 12.5 inches. Lodi got 10.7 inches, Brunswick 9.2 and Hinckley 8.3.

The nasty weather and road conditions caused several problems including a semitruck that turned over in a ditch on state Route 303 between West 130th Street and Stony Hill Road in Hinckley Township.

Hinckley Detective Mike Schroll said the truck overturned about 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

“Obviously, it had to do with road conditions,” he said. “It was a single-vehicle accident. It was completely loaded with food products for Aldi’s warehouse, I believe. Due to the weight of the load and the position of the damage to the box, there were not enough personnel ... to lift the truck out.”

Crews spent Monday removing the products from the truck. A section of Route 303 was closed while tow trucks removed the truck from the ditch.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office downgraded road conditions to a Level 1 snow emergency Monday morning. That means roadways were hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and roads were likely icy.

During the heart of the storm Saturday, it was a Level 2, which meant only those who feel it is necessary to drive should have been out on the roads.

Despite the warnings from the sheriff’s office, people didn’t stay home.

“We have experienced a definite increase in crashes and disabled vehicles during the storm,” Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney said.

He said he couldn’t provide details on the crashes when reached Monday.

A snow parking ban remained in effect for much of the county, which doesn’t allow parking on city streets. The city of Brunswick’s service department and road crews have been working 24 hours since the beginning of the winter storm to remove snow from the city’s 515 streets.

Brunswick also posted a message on Facebook asking its residents and businesses to clear their sidewalks.

Bitter cold temperatures didn’t prevent the Lodi Fire and Rescue from fighting a house fire Sunday, which closed Bank Street between Maple Grove and Howe Street. There were no injuries in the fire.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com. Reporter Alyssa Alfano contributed to this report.


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