ASHLAND — A winter storm that dropped four-feet of snow on Buffalo, caused a 50-car pileup on the Ohio Turnpike and put most of the state under Level 2 and Level 3 snow emergencies did not cause widespread peril in Ashland County.
Besides “a few” traffic accidents due to slippery roads, the storm was “pretty uneventful,” said Lt. Randy Wood, interim director of the Ashland County Emergency Management Agency.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 97 incidents in Ashland county during the holiday period from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26. Incidents include calls to the state patrol for assistance, traffic stops, arrests, and car accidents.
Over the same time period in 2021 when there was no winter storm, there were 111 incidents in the county.
Ashland’s EMA had five warming centers ready to go for the storm, but only ended up opening one — at the sheriff’s office. Wood estimated a “half dozen” people showed up there to get warm during the storm.
“We had other ones available if people needed them, but nobody ever called and said they needed any, so we didn’t open them,” he said.
The county did not experience any widespread power outages either. Wood only knew of around 70 outages that lasted anywhere from an hour to a day.
And on Tuesday, the county’s Level 1 snow emergency was lifted, marking the end of the storm. Just four days prior, Ashland County roads were covered in ice and drifting snow, prompting a Level 2 snow emergency.
Now, as temperatures continue to rise throughout the week, all that remains of Winter Storm Elliot is the occasional patch or mound of the white stuff.