(Cleveland) - Accidents and delays were a common occurrence as Ohio saw its first winter storm of 2014 yesterday. Some areas in northeastern Ohio saw as much as 7 inches of snow out of the storm with broad areas seeing 4-to-6 inches. The snow has been followed by bitter cold, with some areas on Friday morning away from Lake Erie seeing temperatures below zero.
The weather, combined with blizzard-like conditions in the nation's northeast, caused flight delays and cancellations from Cleveland Hopkins Airport Thursday evening and Friday morning. WTAM 1100's Julie Courtright found a group of students whose flight to Puerto Rico was delayed, and others whose flights were also unavailable due to weather, and aircraft availability.
Two Northeast Ohio women were killed Thursday in weather-related crashes.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said 60-year-old Mary K. Durbin Aken of New Philadelphia was killed at about 5 p.m. Thursday when she lost control of her Toyota Matrix and it slid into the path of a snow plow in Wayne County. The plow's driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
In Stark County, 75-year-old Caroline L. Kunz of Alliance was killed when she lost of her Oldsmobile Intrigue at about noon Thursday. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the car hit a guardrail and then drove into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. The truck's 53-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries.
Other traffic accidents were numerous Thursday evening and Friday morning. WTAM 1100's Jack Callaghan passed this motorist whose car spun out on I-71 near Snow Road.
Cars on freeway photos by WTAM 1100's Jack Callaghan
Airport delay photo by WTAM 1100's Julie Courtright