Multiple crashes have been reported across Portage and Summit counties Wednesday morning after a sudden burst of winter weather made it difficult for drivers to see the road.
Whiteout conditions began shortly after 8 a.m. The Ohio Department of Transportation issued a release warning drivers about Lake Effect snow at 6:45 a.m. and noting they had 225 crews out mostly across northeast Ohio to clear the roads.
ODOT reported slow traffic conditions on Route 8 from Akron to Stow, Interstate 76 from Akron to Brimfield, Route 59 between Ravenna and Kent and Route 91 between Tallmadge and Stow. Slowdowns were also reported in Macedonia, Northfield, Hudson and Mantua.
Most of the accidents appear to be minor and due to the icy conditions. The Ravenna post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a three-car crash on Route 44 just north of the Ohio Turnpike. There were no injuries and there was only minor damage due to the icy roads, according to the State Patrol.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland predicted a 50% chance of snow showers on Wednesday for the Akron area with a high of 28 degrees. Snow showers should be done by 2 p.m.
On Thursday, the high is expected to be 44 degrees and rain is likely after 1 a.m. on Thursday. Highs are expected to be between 50 and 60 degrees on Friday and Saturday.