Winter weather slows Christmas Eve travel in Northwest Ohio

MAUMEE, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The day before Christmas and the travel rush is on.

"My parents recently moved to Cleveland five, six years ago, so I'm driving over there to meet them," said one traveler from Toledo.

But snow covered roads had drivers taking it slow.

"I hate this, but it is what is it," said traveler Shauntia Harrison.

Under a winter weather advisory for most of the day, Northwest Ohio was blanketed with lots of fresh snowfall.

The slick streets had some people wishing they'd hit the roads earlier in the day.

"I wish I would have left this morning, but it is what it is," said Harrison. "Just going real slow, taking my time. I'll make it there that way."

Even though the snow caused headaches for commuters, road crews were out in full force to keep traffic flowing.

O-DOT plow drivers clocked in at noon Sunday and worked 12-hour shifts in the Christmas Eve storm.

"We're keeping the roads clear so everybody can get to their destination safely," said public information officer Rebecca Dangelo. "We just ask that, obviously with snow, people drive a little slower, take your time, give yourself time to get there and if you see our crews out there just give them room to work."

While the weather slowed the commutes of many, drivers we talked with ensured they made it to their holiday destinations safely.

"You gotta' take it easy," said another traveler from Toledo. "You can't drive too fast, otherwise it's all good."