Bracing for snow: How Cleveland and Akron are planning to keep roads clear

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CLEVELAND- Yes it is April, but that is not stopping Old Man Winter from rearing his ugly head again.

The Department of Public Works plans to deploy 18 crews throughout tonight and early Saturday morning to help keep the roads safe and clear. Their plan was put in place due to the fact we are under a Winter Weather Advisory beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.

We are expecting snowfall between 3 and 5 inches throughout Northeast Ohio. Counties under the advisory include Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

The city of Cleveland said it has 18,000 tons of salt available and will be focusing their attention on salting hills, bridges and other icy areas.

The Ohio Department of Transportation spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings told FOX 8 News, "District 12, which covers Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties, will have 70 trucks covering state roadways, salting and plowing as needed. That`ll be particularly during the overnight hours when we`re having the lowest temperatures and the highest concentration of snowfall, so that`ll be when our operations really ramp up.'

In Akron, crews pre-treated interstates, expressways and hills earlier today. They will be out treating main roads until 8 p.m. Friday.  The city of Akron will have 51 trucks loaded with salt and be ready to go as the snow starts to fall.

The FOX 8 weather team is keeping their eyes on the snow and will be providing updates on our app, Facebook, web and on-air.

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