ODOT: Crews fully staffed as latest winter wallop hits NE Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- From the east side to the west side, many people remember how crippling the snow was when it pummeled Northeast Ohio late last week.

It turned into a snowy Sunday evening in Northeast Ohio; time for round two.

"I drive in it all the time, it's Cleveland. I've been living here for 59 years, it is what it is," said one driver.

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Late last week, the first snow of the season was a travel nightmare in many parts of the area. More than a foot of lake effect snow paralyzed Lake County on Thursday, forcing the shut-down of an icy Interstate 90 in Mentor for several hours.

"Road crews may or may not have been ready for it, and it happened so fast that even if they were ready for it, there really was no quick response because it happened so fast and so much," said Lake County resident Brennan Carden.

"The roads were really awful on Thursday, so it's just gonna be more of the same," said Painesville resident Griff Ellis.

On Friday, the west side was a target; lake effect snow forced officials to close I-90 in Rocky River for several hours after a crash between two tractor trailers.

"They should have been more prepared. They know it's coming, they have the salt, clean up the roads," said driver Shelli March.

"Last week, the snow was falling sometimes at two inches per hour, so keeping up, so hopefully we can just...we're just gonna have our crews out there working hard to keep up with the snow," said ODOT spokeswoman Molly Leonard.

Leonard said ODOT will remain fully staffed until the snow stops falling, keeping 80 crews on 12 hours shifts, plowing and salting the roadways.

"We like to think that the first is always the worst. It's been months and months since people have driven in the snow, and they forget those winter driving habits, so hopefully people kind of remember that they need to slow down and that they need to leave early," said Leonard.

"A lot of people said they weren't prepared for it, you know, but again I don't see how they wasn't when if they been living here all they life, they should've been prepared for it, I mean just mentally, it's snow...drive carefully," said driver Herman Jones.

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