Snow belt bracing for second blast of winter in one week

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EUCLID, OH - Before last week’s massive snow even has a chance to melt, people who live in the snow belt are bracing for round two. With snow totals expected to match the most recent storm, it could be tricky for crews trying to remove it.

The snow plows in Euclid are geared up and ready to go...again. Just days after they were blanketed with 15 or more inches of snow, residents could have to tackle that much or more.

"If it comes over a longer period of time, it wouldn't be quite an issue. Again if it comes quickly, it'll be an issue that it was the other day, trying to keep up with it," said Euclid Public Service Director Daniel Knecht.

The lake effect storm slammed the snowbelt, with some places like Kirtland receiving nearly three feet. Much of that snow has stuck around, so getting pounded again with a similar snowfall so soon could create problems.

"You do run out of space to put that accumulation of snow...as a truck goes down, it rolls off to the side to the curb and...those piles get to a certain height and it won't allow the new snow to go up and over it, so you're looking for places to put it," said Knecht.

Knecht also says if the weather causes problems on I-90, which it did a few days ago, it makes it harder to clear city streets.

"The trucks were not able to get down the streets because the streets were blocked with cars, they were trying to find alternate ways home once the highway was shut down," he said.

"I'm not ready, I'm going to the grocery store tomorrow and I'll be ready," said one motorist.

"I live in Willoughby, so it was not fun digging out from that," said another.

"I had to abandon my car, like two miles away and walk home in a blizzard, and then we came back out to try to get my car and it got smashed, so it got smashed, so I'm not excited about the next one at all," said Euclid resident Elizabeth Picklo.