Feeling the effects of brutal cold, blowing snow in Ashtabula County

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ASHTABULA, Ohio-- Portions of the snowbelt, including Ashtabula County were hit hard by early morning snowfall, along with frigid temperatures and brutal winds.

Road crews used a break in the snowfall during the day Wednesday to clear roads, battling blowing and drifting snow that kept many side roads covered, even as major highways remained clear. Twenty five ODOT plows worked roadways in Ashtabula County, using a mix of salt and calcium chloride or Beet Heat due to extremely cold temperatures.

"We'll have guys plowing and treating the road and five minutes later, it's snow-covered again just because of these heavy winds and so much snow," said ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic.

More than 150 schools across Northeast Ohio delayed or canceled classes Wednesday. Some construction workers were also told to stay home, due to the cold.

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"With the cold weather and then lots of wind, it just makes it kind of unbearable to do things and pretty dangerous for us," said Shaun Dean, with Wojcik Builders, which is working on a nursing home in Ashtabula.

Private plow drivers stayed busy as they criss-crossed the county to clear snow drifts.

"There are places I've gone by where the driveways are empty but then customers can't get in or out because there's a three, four foot drift," said Robert Mramor, owner of Kelly's Gardens and Landscape Services in. "The wind's been brutal. I stopped a few times, and it was rocking my truck."

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