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Snow removal updates

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

With a steady snowfall throughout the day Saturday, crews from ODOT and the City of Cleveland have sent out updates on plans to clear the roads.

The City of Cleveland has 44 crews that will continue work keeping the main thoroughfares passable.

The current weather pattern indicates the snow tapering off over the next two hours, then picking back up this evening with an additional 1-2 inches of lake effect snow. Once the main thoroughfares are in good condition, the city crews will transition to servicing the residential areas.

The Division of Streets currently has over 13,000 tons of salt, and 30,000 gallons of environmentally friendly liquid de-icer on-hand to cover 53 routes around the city.

The city says as always, the goal is to have all streets serviced within 24 to 36 hours from when snow stops falling, depending on the actual amount of snow fall. Work will be ongoing until main thoroughfares are clear and residential streets are serviced.

As the snow continues in many areas, 44 Cleveland snow crews are working to clear main thoroughfares. The current weather pattern indicates the snow tapering off over the next two hours, then picking back up this evening with an additional 1-2 inches of lake effect snow. Once the main thoroughfares are in good condition, the city crews will transition to servicing the residential areas.

Additional information:

• The primary and secondary roads throughout the city are in fair to good condition and traffic has been moving effectively throughout the city.

• The City of Cleveland still encourages residents to park off-street whenever possible to give snow plows the ability to plow streets curb-to-curb.

• Residents with snow removal concerns should call (216) 664-2510.

ODOT also has crews out in full force.  They're reporting that roads are mostly clear to snow/slush covered in some areas but warn drivers that conditions can change minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile.

ODOT crews took to the roads Friday night and, as of 10 a.m. Saturday, an additional 10 plows will hit the roads throughout Cuyahoga, Lake & Geauga Counties. ODOT anticipates about 70 plows and drivers to be on the roads after 10 a.m. ODOT forces will be staffed around-the-clock through the duration of this storm and crews will be adjusted as needed. As always, follow these tips for safe travel:

· In Ice & Snow… Take it SLOW! Conditions can change minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile. Some areas which appear wet may actually be icy!

· KNO B4 U GO: Before leaving home, find out about driving conditions by going to ODOT's premier website www.BuckeyeTraffic.org Also, follow ODOT on Facebook and Twitter.

· See and be Seen: Remove any snow on your vehicle's windows, lights, brake lights and signals.

· Turn on your Lights: If you need to turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights. It's the law.

· Don't Crowd the Plow: Look for the green-colored strobe lights on the snowplow trucks and give them plenty of room to work.

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