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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The winter storm hit the Valley Tuesday causing slippery roads, some minor accidents and power outages.

Reporter Danielle Cotterman says visibility is low on Interstate 80. She spoke with Penn Dot officials and said that the company has 34 trucks out treating the roads. However, the snow is heavy and coming down wet causing slush to cover the roadways.

The slush is causing slick conditions on even treated roads Tuesday evening.

Reporter Matt Stone says snow is piling up on Route 11 and one car drifted into a ditch.

Ohio Patrol says most accidents aren't life-threatening at this time. However, they advise people to avoid traveling if they can.

According to Ohio Edison's Web Site as of 11:52 p.m., the areas with the most power outages were Boardman Township with 155 customers without power, Salem reported 82 in the dark, and Salem Township had 68 customers in the dark.  Estimated restoration times were not available.
 
In Mercer County, the most power outages were reported in Pine Township with 130 customers in the dark and Findley Township reporting 73 customers without power. For the latest outages go to First Energy's Web Site.

Hundreds of people were without power and State Route 616 between Robinson and Villa Marie Roads was shut down in Coitsville Township around 7 p.m.
 
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the road reopened. Power has since been restored to most customers in that area.
 
Chief Meteorologist Eric Wilhelm says the snow will not taper off until 2 or 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He says Wednesday will be a windy day.

"Some of the snow will blow around and drift, which could cause visibility issues on the roadways," Wilhelm says. 

Eric says this storm will probably be the biggest November snow storm in Youngstown since 1971.



 

 

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