Wintry weekend weather causing accidents throughout Toledo area

Wintry weekend weather causing accidents throughout Toledo area
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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Wintry weather caused a rash of accidents in the Toledo area on Saturday afternoon.

More than 60 traffic accidents were reported between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the Toledo area.

Several of the accidents involved injuries.

Police reported icy and slick conditions on many roadways in both the city and some outlying areas of Lucas and Wood Counties.

At 7 p.m. Toledo Police announced that they are operating under Phase 2 and are only responding to injury accidents and crashes obstructing roads.

Lucas County was put under a Level 1 snow emergency around 6 p.m. Sandusky County, Putnam County, Ottawa, Erie and Huron Counties also issued Level 1 snow emergencies.

Jeremy Mikolajcyzk, the Toledo City Streets Commissioner, says all city snow plows and salt trucks were out and working to get the ice melted off of Toledo’s major streets.

Crews were doubled up and a second shift will be put on after midnight to keep clearing the snow and ice.

Mikolajcyzk says they are using a salt brine mix on the pavement and the ice appears to be melting quickly.

The commissioner says they did get a late start because they were not expecting the snow to move in until later in the afternoon.

ODOT District spokesman Rebecca Dangelo says roadways were treated with Brine on Friday and all trucks were on the road by Saturday afternoon, clearing state roads and expressways.

According to the National Weather Service, by 7 p.m., 1″ of snow was on the ground. Bowling Green also had 1″ just after 7 p.m.

Farther east, Sandusky County saw 1.5″ by 7:27.

The Tinora High School Boys Varsity game with Kalida has been postponed until Monday January 14.

First Unitarian Church of Toledo also canceled all activities for the day on Sunday.

We will continue to keep you updated on traffic and weather throughout the event.

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