Snowy day in the Valley

WARREN – As the area gets acclimated to wintry conditions, a storm that dumped more than 3 inches of snow on the city Saturday was greeted with glee by some and anguish by others.

For those jumping into the holiday spirit, the conditions presented the perfect opportunity for sledding, making snow angels and creating a snowman.

Warren resident and snow enthusiast Jody Hayes was among a large group celebrating the snowfall near the Warren Community Amphitheatre in downtown Warren.

“We do it every year,” Hayes said as he stood with his three children around a snowman more than 7 feet tall.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Hayes said. “It took us about an hour to put (the snowman) together. I even ran home to get a scarf to put on it.”

According to the National Weather Service, almost 3.5 inches had dropped on the city by 5 p.m., and it was still coming.

Hayes’ son, 9-year-old Jahmir, said he looks forward to the wintry days every year when the temperature drops.

“On a fun scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this a 10,” Jahmir Hayes said.

Meanwhile, the inclement weather created problems for motorists across Trumbull County.

Trumbull County 911 said 27 vehicle accidents with injuries were reported over the course of the day, though most of those were minor injuries.

Additionally, 911 responded to 59 non-emergency calls, officials said.

The most serious of those accidents occurred along Interstate 80 in Braceville, where one adult and two children were trapped in their vehicle in an accident while traveling west, the police report states. The car slid off the road near the state Route 44 exit.

All three were transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna with undisclosed injuries. No names were released.

Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Southington reported about 15 crashes along the state roads by 6:30 p.m. None resulted in serious injuries.

Road crews in Warren called it a night at about 8:10 p.m. according to radio traffic. They will resume treating city roadways at 6 a.m. today.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Saturday night.

The snow will likely continue today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high near 27 and wind gusts as high as 28 mph in Warren.

New accumulation is not expected to be heavy, however. The National Weather Service predicts less than an inch of snowfall expected today.

Forecasts do warn of another potentially large weather system moving through the area early this week.