Snow storm closes schools, slows travel

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Morning was messy for commuters in and around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Ohio Department of Transportation workers are working 12-hour shifts in an effort to clear highways. ODOT tells that crews "are able to start clearing the roads better now that the snow has lightened up. Traffic speeds have returned to near normal on our major routes." The 12-hour shifts are scheduled to continue through Saturday evening but may be extended depending upon the weekend forecast.

Most area school systems were closed on Friday with few exceptions including Ottawa Hills.

The inconvenience included some businesses and doctor's offices that closed on Friday.

A winter storm warning continued during the day Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Williams Counties.

Lucas County was under a level 2 snow emergency on Friday meaning unnecessary travel is discouraged but the snow emergency was cancelled at mid-afternoon.

Michigan counties do not have snow emergencies in Ohio. The Michigan Department of Transportation reported a crash on US-23 at M-17 in Washtenaw County at 9:45am that closed Exit 37. Visibility in that area appeared limited from an MDOT video camera.

There were some accidents reported in the Toledo area today. The Anthony Wayne Trail was closed earlier between Canal and Dutch for a car in a ditch that needed to be removed.