Another Blast Coming: Winter Taking its Toll on NE Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Winter has been tough, not just on us, but on our machinery.

And there's another winter storm headed our way; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of Ohio starting Saturday evening.

"It's been a bummer, real bummer," said Patrick Parker, of Cleveland. "This is the coldest that I can remember."

The Cleveland Division of Water reports a record number of water main breaks in the past year -- 952 -- thanks, in part, to the frigid temperatures.

A water main break on East 55th Street and Carnegie Avenue flowed for several days, turning parts of the street in to a massive icicle.

It was fixed Friday.

In Akron, 16 of the city's snow plows are out of commission this weekend. One of the culprits is the cold.

"Our brine pumps the lines, freezing, the hydraulics," said Phil Montgomery, deputy director of public service for the City of Akron. "With the cold, there’s only so much you can do to keep those things moving, and those components are pretty critical to keeping the trucks up and running and able to salt and plow the roads."

Akron has 48 working plow trucks this weekend -- three or four fewer than the city would like, Montgomery said.

Cleveland will be operating 40 snow plows this weekend, according to a news release.

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