Winter started mild in the Stark County area. It has picked up the pace lately.

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Traffic managed snow covered roadways on Market Avenue N south of 55th Street NW on Monday.
Traffic managed snow covered roadways on Market Avenue N south of 55th Street NW on Monday.

Stark County residents should get a respite from snow Wednesday before more lands this week.

But the bitter cold will remain.

According to the National Weather Service, the Akron-Canton area has a 60% chance of experiencing more snow Thursday night into Friday, with a bitter cold weekend forecast to end January.

If more snow arrives, "We're ready to rock," said Ray Marsch, local spokesman for Ohio Department of Transportation.

"Above normal" snowfall

It has already been an "above normal" winter for the Stark County area after a major snowstorm buried the region on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, followed by a series of smaller storms.

The latest snow came Sunday and Monday.

The forecast for the Stark County area Wednesday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 27, 2022, according to the National Weather Service. This information is as of 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The forecast for the Stark County area Wednesday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 27, 2022, according to the National Weather Service. This information is as of 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

"It had been a very mild winter until a week and half ago," said Rick Garuckas, meteorologist for the National Weather Service officer in Cleveland on Monday.

Monday's Alberta Clipper didn't pack the same punch as the last couple systems but it added more inches to an "above normal" snow total for the Akron-Canton area.

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The average snowfall for this area is 22.7 inches by Jan. 24.

But the Akron-Canton area has received 30.4 inches of snow this winter and 22.3 inches of that has fallen between Jan. 16 and Jan. 24, according to the latest NWS figures.

Stephanie Valentine cleared her driveway in Plain Township on Monday.
Stephanie Valentine cleared her driveway in Plain Township on Monday.

"It seemed like Mother Nature knocked on the door and it hasn't stopped snowing since," Marsch said Monday.

'Around the clock.'

Marsch said ODOT crews plowed and salted state highways, bridges and overpasses "around the clock" as needed during this week-long stretch of snowfall.

He said 22 trucks have handled state routes in Stark County.

"ODOT is known primarily for its snow and ice efforts," Marsch said. "And everyone who works here at ODOT is signing up to get in the plows and treat the roads.

"This is nothing that our crews or equipment are not ready for, so we're going to remain on the roads and treat the roads."

As the snow fell, this snowman seemed right at home in Plain Township on Monday.
As the snow fell, this snowman seemed right at home in Plain Township on Monday.

Similarly, municipalities and county crews have been plowing and treating their respective roads during the latest snowfall.

Stark County Chief Deputy Engineer Dave Torrence said their 24 trucks put down 3,200 tons of road salt on county roads this winter. At least 700 tons of that total has been spread since Sunday, he said.

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This article originally appeared on The Repository: Another round of snow lands in the Stark County area

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