Winter storm: the next day

Franklin, Delaware counties' roads improving as snow emergencies lifted


Officials in Franklin and Delaware counties said roads were mostly cleared as snow emergencies were lifted Thursday morning, Dec. 27.

Level 2 snow emergencies were lifted early Dec. 27 for both counties as local and state crews continued to clear residential roadways.

A major storm rolled into central Ohio on Dec. 26, bringing 6-10 inches of snow accumulation and icy road conditions.

Capt. Kevin Savage, with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, said a Level 2 snow emergency was upheld hours after highways and most county roads were cleared because of the high number of rural and residential roadways still blanketed by snow.

He said crews had no major problems clearing heavy snowfall into the early morning.

“ODOT and the county and townships did a great job getting on the roads in a timely manner and having a good plan in place,” Savage said. “We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve seen out there.”

According to Savage, the sheriff’s office responded to 60 noninjury accidents, four injury accidents and 48 cases of disabled vehicles stuck in ditches or on impassable roads.

No major power outages were reported in Delaware County through the duration of the storm.

In Franklin County, highway superintendent Thomas Nutini said, crews cleared county roads without incident.

“The snow came in, and we mobilized all of our crews, and everything went well. We’re just wrapping things up,” Nutini said at noon Dec. 27.

He said local municipalities were still busy clearing residential roadways.

Officials with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to numerous accidents but no fatal crashes through the end of the storm.

No major outages were reported in the county.

Officials in both counties said they would be ready for additional snowfall in the forecast, which calls for more snow Friday night through Saturday morning.

“At the end of all the storms, we go through our materials and supplies and look at any equipment that needs prepared so we can be ready for the next storm,” Nutini said.