Plow drivers calling this a storm for the ages - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Plow drivers calling this a storm for the ages

Posted: Updated:

A common sight around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan over the past week has been snow plows.  Even some of the most experienced drivers say this is one of the more challenging storms they've seen in a long time.

The biggest issue has been keeping up with this storm.  In some places there have been crews virtually nonstop for this storm.  And at times some say they feel like they are spinning their wheels.

Take for example Promedica Saint Luke's Hospital, a place that's a non-stop, 24-7 operation.  So this storm can't stop the hospital.  That's why Green Sweep crews have stayed on top of lots like this. 

"These aren't 1-2 inchers where your average guy can handle it.  I mean we're using very heavy equipment front end loaders, dozers," said Steve Fuzinski of Green Sweep. 

Fuzinski's business is snow removal.  He says this combination of cold, wind, and snow make this system extremely challenging. 

"One hit, there was a gap, two hit, and there was a gap, and right now we are going into number three which is going to be this severe cold," said Fuzinski.    

The cold will be brutal because at the lows we'll see, regular salt doesn't work.  Even the basics of plowing making this storm at times maddening.

"Then you have the customer saying, it's back.  You go back.  You might plow a lot 6-7 times where in a normal storm once," said Fuzinski.

He also needs to worry about his crews in the biting winds.  Even though he wants to get to everyone as quickly as possible, safety is paramount. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Body pulled from pond

    Body pulled from pond

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:52:14 GMT
    The Perrysburg Police have confirmed that a body was pulled from the pond on the property of St. Clare Commons. They tell us the incident is under investigation.Police will not say whether the victim was a resident of the facility.
    The Perrysburg Police have confirmed that a body was pulled from the pond on the property of St. Clare Commons. They tell us the incident is under investigation.Police will not say whether the victim was a resident of the facility.
  • Police investigation early morning shooting at Toledo club

    Police investigation early morning shooting at Toledo club

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 08:15:03 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting outside a downtown Toledo gentleman's club.  It happened around 1:00 AM at Chez Joey on Monroe Street.  Witnesses say at least one person was shot after a fight.
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting outside a downtown Toledo gentleman's club.  It happened around 1:00 AM at Chez Joey on Monroe Street.  Witnesses say at least one person was shot after a fight.
  • Perrysburg business owners criticize roundabout plans

    Perrysburg business owners criticize roundabout plans

    Plans for a roundabout in downtown Perrysburg were met with criticism, and a lot of it, from small business owners. It all happened during Perrysburg's economic development meeting Wednesday night.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police investigate shooting at downtown strip club

    Police investigate shooting at downtown strip club

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:01:14 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting at a downtown strip club. It happened just before one a.m. at Chez Joey gentleman's club on the 700 block of Monroe Street. Detectives say at least one person was
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting at a downtown strip club.  
  • Recycling services see major increase in water bottles

    Recycling services see major increase in water bottles

    Toledo and surrounding areas are still feeling the impact from the water crisis. During the height of the crisis, residents were worried about getting their hands on bottled water. Now all those extra bottles are causing extra waste. 13abc's Kristi Leigh has the story.
  • Body pulled from pond

    Body pulled from pond

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:52:14 GMT
    The Perrysburg Police have confirmed that a body was pulled from the pond on the property of St. Clare Commons. They tell us the incident is under investigation.Police will not say whether the victim was a resident of the facility.
    The Perrysburg Police have confirmed that a body was pulled from the pond on the property of St. Clare Commons. They tell us the incident is under investigation.Police will not say whether the victim was a resident of the facility.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!