Across the Valley, communities have been cleaning up from the snow and ice Thursday night into Friday. It’s caused some major problems for many as trees and power lines fell.
It could still be a few days before power is restored to some areas.
The heavy, wet snow is being blamed for bringing down tree limbs and power lines.
As of 11:13 a.m. on Sunday, the following outages have been reported:
- Columbiana County – 431 (Power expected to be restored by Sunday at 11:30 p.m.)
- Mahoning County – 85 (Power expected to be restored by Sunday at 11:30 p.m.)
- Lawrence County – 153 (Power expected to be restored by Sunday at 11:30 p.m., except for the Wampum Borough, which is expected to be restored by Saturday at 11:30 p.m.)
- Mercer County – 38 (Power expected to be restored by Sunday at 11:30 p.m.)
“Our hardest-hit areas are really across the Youngstown area,” said Chris Eck, with First Energy.
More than 100,000 people were without power across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to First Energy. Friday morning, it said Ohio was hit the hardest — at one point, 30,000 in the state were without power.
Among those without power were residents in Springfield Township, where dozens of drivers had to turn around on Middletown Road. A tree fell down and knocked out power lines overnight.
“The grounds are so saturated and with the snow and the ice loading the trees up, they’re leaning and falling over,” said Springfield Township Fire Chief Matt Gebhardt.
Falling trees and branches were a major concern across the Valley all day Friday and with cold temperatures sticking around, drivers will need to stay aware even beyond that.
Several roads were closed in Austintown. Dan Megown collected the signs after the roads opened.
“It’s been pretty bad,” he said. “We’ve had about a half-dozen roads closed because of power lines down.”
Even though the roads are clear, he warned drivers to take it slow.
“Just take your time because it’s going to get colder and maybe freeze up a little bit, too.”