Summit County residents travel on snowy roads to enjoy their weekend

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SUMMIT COUNTY - For some it was a weekend day for a little fun, especially if you are Austyn Simpson and being taken around on your sled by a four-wheeler.  "I think it's awesome.  It's a great day to go sledding out here," he said.

But, it was not so much fun if you were driving on snow covered roads.  "Plenty long I've been on the road, it's terrible out," Shirl Adamson of Akron said.

Summit County Sheriff's Office issued a snow emergency because of blowing and drifting snow. People were to drive only if necessary.  Annie Santo of Barberton had one place she needed to go --to Mash Service Station to get new tires for her SUV.   "I was sliding around when I turned; she wouldn't turn all the way because of those big tires. So, I was around almost ended up in a ditch," Santo said.

ODOT had 20 plows clearing and treating the roads in Summit County.  But, with few breaks in the snowfall, drivers found travelling to be a bit challenging. "What do I think about the roads? If you stay on the roads, you have a good chance of getting home," Dave Stakley of Springfield Township said.

While many found it frustrating, others found a way to have fun and raise some funds. About 800 people took the Polar Plunge Challenge at Portage Lakes to raise money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.​

This has surely been a winter to remember, unless it's one you'd much rather forget.   "I'm hoping for the snow to go away.  That's what I am hoping for," Adamson said laughing.


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