Hudson -- The first severe winter storm of the season dropped more than 6 inches of snow on the area Dec. 26, causing minor traffic accidents, a variety of cancellations and about 1,000 tons of salt to be used to clear streets in the city.

As the snow moved in, Hudson crews began plowing and salting roads around 10:45 a.m. Dec. 26, using 13 trucks, until about 7:30 p.m., according to City Communications Manager Jody Roberts.

Roberts estimated that about 6 to 8 inches of snow fell on Hudson during the storm. Those totals are close to the estimates of the National Weather Service, which said between 6 and 7 inches fell on Hudson.

The city issued an emergency parking ban, which ran from 11 a.m. Dec. 26 to noon Dec. 27.

Hudson Police reported only two traffic accidents and no injuries. There was a one-car crash on state Route 8 and a two-car crash on Norton Road, Roberts said.

"Apparently common sense ruled the day and people stayed off the roads," Roberts said.

However there were some minor problems.

"Cars ignored parking bans and people continued to place trash cans in the street, which made plowing more difficult," Roberts said.

From 7:30 to about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 26, eight trucks worked to keep the streets clear. The number of trucks dropped to five from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., when an additional five trucks were called in, Roberts said.

"By 7 a.m. all routes were completed," she said.

Crews used between 900 and 1,000 tons of salt, according to Roberts.

It's still early to make comparisons to last winter's salt usage.

"Last year we had more snow events in December, but this year the events are bigger and longer," Roberts said. "This is only December and is not the height of the snow season, which is usually in January through March."

The city had about 5,600 tons of salt at the beginning of winter, with adequate reserves, she said.

The city orders salt in 1,000-ton lots, typically 2,000 tons at a time, according to Roberts.

Salt is $44.81 per ton this year, which is the same price as last year, she said.

The city also uses a solution called "Beet Heet," with exothermic chlorides, on the roads, according to Roberts.

"It works at lower temperatures than rock salt," she said.

Hudson students were out for winter break, but a variety of sports team practices and Hudson Community Education and Recreation programs were cancelled Dec. 26.

Around Ohio

Across the state, the winter storm last week that brought double-digit snowfall to some areas and was blamed for one death.

Jessica Galley, of Mason, was killed Dec. 26 when she lost control of her car on southbound Interstate 71 near Cincinnati, drove across the median and crashed into a northbound Ohio Department of Transportation snow plow, the Hamilton County sheriff's office said. The snow plow driver wasn't injured.

Southbound I-75 just north of Cincinnati was closed more than 12 hours after a tractor-trailer crashed Dec. 26 in a construction area. Traffic was diverted east Dec. 27 via connectors to I-71 until I-75 was cleared. There were temporary lane closures on other interstates Dec. 26, but traffic on most major highways was running smoothly across the state by the morning of Dec. 27.

Department of Transportation snow plow crews were still working on roads where blowing and drifting snow accumulated, and also clearing snow piles from shoulders and medians.

Some of the state's heaviest snowfalls were in western counties and in the northeast near Lake Erie that got 8 to 10 inches.

There were also scores of grounded flights in Ohio airports Dec. 26, and airport sites showed scattered cancellations and delays continued Dec. 27.

The storm system was linked to 12 deaths, tornadoes in the Gulf Coast region, a record snowfall in Arkansas and disruptions in holiday week travel was pushing through the Northeast U.S. late last week.

Editor's Note: Associated Press reporter Dan Sewell contributed to this story.


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