Ice, winds, cause 1 fatality, outages
Portions of Interstates 77 and 80 were closed because of accidents.
Icy roads and high winds caused car crashes, power outages and road closures throughout the area.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lisbon reported one fatality because of the weather.
Carl R. Adney, 72, of Wellsville died after his 1989 Buick Electra slid on the icy road and crashed into a telephone pole at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 45 in Madison Township. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.
Icy roads were blamed for 26 other crashes from late Wednesday into early Thursday, according to the state patrol.
Some minor traffic crashes on the Pennsylvania side of Interstate 80 caused eastbound traffic to be rerouted through Hubbard at 11:37 a.m. Thursday. Travelers were directed to U.S. Route 62 by Ohio State Highway Patrol for about two hours before I-80 was reopened.
No details were available from Pennsylvania State Police about the crashes.
Series of outages
The heavy winds and icy conditions also contributed to some Thanksgiving Day power outages.
High winds caused an outage just before 8 a.m. in Austintown and parts of Youngstown for 1,569 homes, said Paul Harkey of Ohio Edison. Electricity was restored in just under an hour, he said.
High winds also caused power outages for 190 people near Meridian Road from 12:30 to 2:10 p.m.
Another 1,645 homes lost electricity near Belle Vista Avenue in Youngstown for an hour at 2:30 p.m. because a car crashed into a pole, Harkey said.
Elsewhere in Ohio, three officers were treated for minor injuries after 15 to 20 cars were involved in a couple of accidents on U.S. Route 224 in Akron, said Lt. Damon Ferguson of the Akron Fire Department.
Two tractor-trailers jackknifed onto their sides traveling west on Interstate 76 around 10:20 a.m., closing down the highway near Akron for much of the day, Ferguson said. No one was seriously injured.
The patrol reported that three crashes shut down Interstate 77 south of Canton in both directions Thursday morning.
A cold front went through Ohio early Thursday, leaving cold air over a relatively warm Lake Erie, said Dennis Bray, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.
"The winds have not set up in any one direction yet, but it looks like it will set up to come from the west overnight," he said Thursday. "Due west on Lake Erie is a good direction if you want lake-effect snow in Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania."
Forecasters predicted another 4 to 8 inches of snow for Friday in parts of Northeast Ohio near the lake.