After a busy morning, Upper Arlington police were still asking local motorists at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, to only travel if necessary.
Thanks to a winter storm that dumped a reported 10.7 inches of snow, in addition to ice, on central Ohio, Upper Arlington police were called to numerous reports of stranded vehicles.
Officer Heather Galli said by noon on Wednesday, the division hadn’t tabulated the number of accidents or reports of vehicles stuck in the snow, but officers responded to “a lot” of those calls during morning hours.
She said a number of other officers sought to assist drivers during their regular patrols.
“The main roadways were being plowed to the best of our abilities, but with the amount of freezing rain we got, they were freezing over again,” Galli said. “We responded to a number of vehicles stuck in snow buildup on cross streets.
“There are a lot of stuck cars out there. As our officers have observed them, they’re stopping to assist stuck drivers as best they can.”
Galli said Upper Arlington operates on winter weather advisories issued by the Franklin County.
On Wednesday, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott had issued a Level 2 snow emergency for the county, which means roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be icy.
While there isn’t a total restriction for drivers, the sheriff’s office said a Level 2 advisory means motorists should “only drive if necessary,” and should contact their employers to see if they should report to work.
“We recommend people using caution, going slower and keeping a distance between cars,” Galli said.
The city of Upper Arlington also delayed opening its administrative offices at the Municipal Services Center on Wednesday by two hours.
“Offices opened at 10 a.m.,” Community Affairs Director Emma Speight said. “The delay was to be sure employees could get to work safely and was for non-essential workers only.”
Speight said no essential city services were disrupted and trash collection was going ahead as scheduled.
However, the Upper Arlington Senior Center was closed until noon and Upper Arlington City Schools cancelled classes. All Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation programs scheduled at the schools also were cancelled Wednesday.