Cleveland officials discuss plan for latest winter storm

CLEVELAND-- City of Cleveland officials held a news conference on Thursday to discuss their preparations for the latest round of winter weather.

A winter storm warning is in effect from noon Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Medina, Summit, Portage, Wayne, Stark and Holmes counties. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday for Erie, Lorain and Huron counties.

Safety officials agreed the potential combination of snow and ice can create dangerous conditions.

That's why Cleveland Director of Public Works Michael Cox emphasized they will start treating bridges with salt and a chemical addictive on Friday. As the snow begins to fall, there will be 48 drivers out plowing on the main streets.

"We want to get into our residentials within 48 hours to make sure our citizens' streets are plowed," Cox said.

There are usually fewer plow trucks during second and third shifts, and over the weekend. For this event, the city will add drivers during this time.

At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport, workers are readying equipment and checking supplies. Director of Port Control Robert Kennedy said ice forming over snow also poses a challenge for the airports so they have specific chemicals they use.

Water Commissioner Alex Margevicius said the city is using all of the resources at its disposal to fix water main breaks. That includes mandatory overtime and bringing in contractors.

"We do ask for the public's patience as we work through this log of work. We also the motoring public to be careful as they drive around these work zones," Margevicius said.