Snow tappering off, roads still messy

By Nick Kovatch on February 5 at 7:15am

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A West Central Mass Transit bus needed a tow truck to get out of a ditch on Johnson Street yesterday afternoon.

The winter storm is winding down but many roads are still slick and snow-covered.

Jacksonville Police Sergeant Adam Mefford says motorists need to expect a slow commute.

“Most of the country roads are still pretty well snow-covered,” says Mefford. “The city roads are still snow-covered by the plows have been working throughout the night. They’ve got most of the heavy snow off the road but they are still snow-packed and very slick.”

There were several slide-offs reported in the city and county yesterday. One incident involved a West Central Mass Transit bus sliding into a ditch on Johnson Street just north of East College. Police say a passenger, 54-year-old Gladys Janic, suffered from dizziness after the accident. She was taken to Passavant Area Hospital for treatment.

Snowfall totals as of 5:00 this morning ranged from 5 to 8 inches across the listening area. The WLDS-WEAI Reporting Station picked up 6.8 inches of snow.

The snow will stop soon if it hasn’t already, but the wind will create travel problems.

“As the wind picks up throughout the day, even in the city, there should be some blowing and drifting snow,” says Mefford. “With the temperatures dropping, as well, we urge people to stay in because if you get stuck in this type of weather we can get to you as soon as we possibly can but with the road conditions it makes it tough on us to get around.”

The Winter Storm Warning expires at noon today, but a Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect for the entire WLDS-WEAI listening area tonight through tomorrow morning as wind chills dip to as low as 20 degrees below zero.

Stay tuned to WLDS-WEAI for more possible closings and cancellations.