Nordonia Hills -- Lake-effect snow dumped inches of snow throughout the area, causing dozens of spinouts and traffic crashes throughout the area. More snow is expected this afternoon.

In Macedonia, police report there were 17 accidents in the city by 11:30 a.m., not counting nine vehicles that spun off the road and became disabled. At least three accidents were on Route 82, one involving a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles, said Police Lt. Vince Yakopovich. He said no injuries were reported.

Yakopovich said heavy snow was falling shortly after 5 a.m., when conditions were so bad it took 20 minutes to complete what normally would be a 5-minute trip. By 9 a.m., he said there were near white-out conditions at times.

In Sagamore Hills, two accidents were reported and several cars spun out into ditches. Again, no injuries were reported, said Sagamore Police Sgt. Dan Rice.

Police officials did not immediately return calls regarding traffic incidents in Northfield Center and Northfield Village.

In Twinsburg, police responded to 15 accidents and 14 disabled vehicles by 10:30 a.m. said Assistant Chief Bob Gonsiewski.

"There were no serious accidents or serious injuries," Gonsiewski said. "But there were a lot of fender benders and spinouts. It was a very busy morning."

Nordonia Hills Superintendent Joe Clark said conditions didn't get "nasty" until after buses were already on the road. There were no delays in starting school, but some buses may have been around "15 minutes" late.

Bill Wrist, a representative from D and L Towing in Twinsburg, told the News Leader he's lost count of how many times the company has been called out for service, but estimated he had 40 to 50 as of noon. He said the average wait time for a tow truck was between 20 and 30 minutes.

A representative at Interstate Towing in Macedonia said all of the company's trucks were out on the road and wait times vary from one to three hours for a tow.

According to Karen Clark from the National Weather Service in Cleveland, about 7.3 inches of snow has fallen in the area, including off-and-on snow from overnight, followed by heavy snow reported between 7 and 10 a.m.

Northfield Center Trustee Paul Buescher said around five inches of snow were on the ground at his home off Highland Road, adding the storm is a remarkable contrast to recent, record-warm weather.

"Just the other weekend we were in short sleeves, then we had thunderstorms and now this," he said.

A lake-effect snow warning was in effect for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties through 9 p.m. Friday night.

Snow accumulations of from 6 to 8 inches were expected. Most of the snowfall was expected Friday morning, with a lull in the afternoon, followed by increasing snow later in the afternoon. Temperatures were forecast to be in the 20s, with winds from 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

Reporters Briana Barker and April Helms contributed to this story.

Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433

Email: emarotta@recordpub.com