The National Weather Service in Cleveland continued its winter weather forecast through Thursday evening and until 1 a.m. on Friday for most of northern Ohio and as far south as Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties. Accumulations on local roads early Thursday morning slowed local commutes.

Lake effect snow shower created a blustering New Year for local residents with a wind chill advisory in effect from 1 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m., but little or no additional snow accumulation was expected overnight. The wind chill was expected to drop to around 10 below. With wind gusts to 30 mph, drifting snow posed unexpected conditions for drivers.

Shelby workers prepared for the wintery conditions that hit Richland County early Thursday morning. Service Department Superintendent Ron Shepherd explained what precautions were taken by the street crews.

“I called in some of the crews to begin salting the roads around 4:30 a.m. and then at about 9 a.m. we started plowing. All crews are currently out on the roads, and right now Shelby is in good shape,” said Shepherd in the early afternoon.

Shepherd said that crews would return to plowing the roads once the snow showers began to decrease. Once the roads had been plowed, Shepherd added that more salt would be placed on the roads.

“We are anticipating some higher winds later on tonight which could potentially lead to drifting of snow,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd shared some tips for drivers to remember when driving in wintery conditions. “Just use common sense when the roads are slick. Adjust your driving skills and make sure to not follow too closely behind someone. Just drive a little slower than normal,” said Shepherd.

Shelby Mayor Marilyn John shared advice on how Shelby citizens can stay safe driving during the winter. “Safety is first and make sure to pay attention to the snow emergencies. Always make sure to just give yourself extra time and take extra precaution when driving in the winter. I think as a city we do a pretty good job of making sure the roads are clear,” said John.

The forecast for Friday was for partly cloudy skies, highs around 10°F and a wind chill around -2°F.