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Winter storm dumps snow on area

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    Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories continue for the entire area through Saturday evening.  Snow is expected to develop around/just after midnight and then continue into tomorrow evening.
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It just keeps coming and it will be heavier during the afternoon.  Snowfall that began shortly after midnight Saturday was expected to continue through early Saturday evening in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Total snowfall amounts kept growing through the Noon hour and the National Weather Service upgraded winter weather advisories to winter storm warnings for most counties near Toledo.  Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback says that Live Doppler 13000 showed heavier snowfall would be entering the region during the afternoon.

Toledo police were responding to injury accident calls only and asked motorists to exchange information for property damage accidents.

Visibilities were reduced as the heaviest snow in two years continued to pile up.  Several counties declared snow emergencies and travel was slowed.  Some heavier bands of localized snow were predicted because of expected lake effect snowfall.

A combination of Winter Storm Warnings and Snow Advisories were posted for the region through Saturday evening.  13abc Meteorologist Ross Ellet called for a total of 5-8" of snow by 9:00pm Saturday night with some areas receiving higher amounts.  South of Toledo, snow sleet could be mixed in with the snow.  From Ottawa to Findlay and Tiffin, amounts were expected to total 4-6". 

Two trucks were involved in mid-morning accidents that slowed traffic.  A truck jackknifed on the Ohio Turnpike near Maumee.  There were no injuries.  A second accident involved a truck that rolled over on I-75 South near Route 20 in the Perrysburg area. 

Other accidents involved spin outs of going into ditches.

Highway crews were busy trying to keep roads clear but as snow continued to fall, the challenges remained significant.  Authorities advise motorists to take it slowly.  Some events were cancelled because of the snow.  http://www.13abc.com/story/21388422/event-closings

Snow emergencies (level 1) were declared in Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca Counties before 7:00am meaning motorists should drive with caution. 

Highway crews have been plowing and salting main roads but secondary roads and some parking lots remain untouched.   In some areas, a glaze of ice was underneath the snow.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says a new system of placing green strobe lights on their plows to help improve safety.  The new design is intended to increase visibility to avoid motorists running into plows.  More than 100 plows were on the road early Saturday in the eight county region near Toledo.

Rossford Police reported numerous vehicles in ditches before sunrise.  Another accident after 7:00am blocked Navarre Road near Lallendorf Road.   

The Ottawa County Sheriff, Steve Levorchick told 13abc.com that roads in his county were snow covered and motorists should slow down.  Three non-injury accidents were reported before 7:30am in Ottawa County. 

13abc Meteorologist Blizzard Bill Spencer was stationed along I-475 at I-75 near downtown Toledo and reported visibilities were reduced to approximately one-half mile at times.

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13abc will continue to update the story of the snowfall throughout the day.

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