ODOT has plan to clear roads, kids have plans to get a snow day

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PAINESVILLE, OH - The Ohio Department of Transportation is enacting a new battle plan to fight the storm which is expected to bring significant snow accumulations to Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Friday for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties.

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday for Cuyahoga County.

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Amanda McFarland, ODOT Public Information Officer for District 12 which also includes Cuyahoga County says, neighbor districts are sending extra plows to help out.

McFarland says, multiple trucks and crews are coming from several counties including Lorain, Medina and Portage.

They’ll clear the outer perimeter interstates and state routes; while District 12 plows will focus on the “eye of the storm” in the snowbelt.

While snow removal crews at ODOT were readying their salt trucks and plows Wednesday night, some elementary school children in Painseville were making their own preparations.

Heather Ontiveros and her two young sons were having a little fun with the forecast by performing the so called “snow day ritual” steps at home.

“They think it brings them good luck,” says Heather.

The boys start by wearing their PJ’s on inside out and backwards and then dump ice cubes into the toilet.

“They say one cube for every inch of snow you want,” said Heather.

They also put a white crayon in the freezer
and a spoon under their pillows.

“And supposedly that’s how you get a snow day,” said Tiago Ontiveros.

Mom says the boys did these steps last week and they did get a snow day but probably won’t need it with the current forecast; which includes gale force winds, subzero wind chills and heavy accumulating snow.