Record Snow Staggers Ohio

Columbus gets the brunt of it with 20 inches

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 9, 2008 6:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – A determined winter storm buried Ohio and beyond in snow yesterday, dumping a record 20.4 inches on Columbus and about a foot each on Cincinnati and Cleveland. Authorities closed roads as blizzard-velocity wind whipped the fallen flakes into three-foot-high drifts and reduced visibility. "It's horrible out there," said a FedEx driver at a truck stop northeast of Columbus. "Trucks are just spinning. In my days of driving I've never seen anything like it."

Flights out of Cleveland's international airport were canceled. In Columbus, a plane slid off the runway, but no one was injured. Three Cleveland men died while shoveling snow, and officials blamed one Ohio traffic death on the weather. Chicago, too, was blasted by snow and its coldest late-season temperatures in five years as the storm headed over the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

Letter carrier John Vazquez braves the snowy weather as he delivers mail on his route Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. A foot of snow buried parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
Cars and a pedestrian brave the near white-out conditions during a snow storm in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on Saturday, March 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)   (Associated Press)
Snow plows clear the streets in Columbus, Ind., Saturday, March 8, 2008. A foot of snow buried parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early Saturday, shutting down travel and many public events. (AP...   (Associated Press)
Sun-Jan Huang, left, and Diane Beebe sled as the snow continues accumulating Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. A foot of snow buried parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early Saturday, shutting...   (Associated Press)
The heat from a crosswalk sign melts the snow forming icicles as a severe winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow in the Cleveland suburb of Solon, Ohio, Saturday, March 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles...   (Associated Press)
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