East siders fight the blinding snow - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

East siders fight the blinding snow

Blinding snow rips through NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO) Blinding snow rips through NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)
Slow going in many parts in Lake County. (Source: WOIO) Slow going in many parts in Lake County. (Source: WOIO)
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It was bitter and blinding out there Monday. Roads were snow-covered for much of the day as plows struggled to keep up with the blowing snow. Highways in Mentor slowed to a crawl, and even closed at some points. Visibility remained poor into the evening hours. 

The deep drifts proved treacherous for semi driver Robeana Sovey, one of five rescued by one tow truck driver alone Monday.  

"They haven't shoveled this stuff yet, I got stuck back there. I had to be pulled out," she said. 

In Wickliffe, commuters who opted to rely on LakeTran to get them to and from work Monday were happy and on time because they did. 

"On days like this it's real good. I've been taking the bus since October and I haven't been late to work, not one time yet," said John Norris. 

LakeTran representative Julia Schick says an arrangement with ODOT allows them to navigate around all the trouble spots on a snowy day. 

"Whenever traffic goes below 35 mph on the freeway, RTA does it as well, we can just go over to the shoulders, as long as they're clear, and we will just drive the shoulders right into Cleveland, making sure our buses arrive on time," she said. 

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