MARION, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A gentle snowfall that began around midday turned to big flakes and inches of quick accumulation Saturday afternoon in Marion County, where roads were snow-covered within minutes and plows had trouble keeping up. The storm, forecast to leave the heaviest snow south, made a turn for the north on Saturday and brought as much as six inches of snow to the area within hours.
The fast-falling flakes led to a Level 1 snow emergency declared just after 5:00 pm.
Randy Meddings, the county's assistant road superintendent, said that twelve plow crews were out clearing paved surfaces and dropping salt on as many roads as they could.
"But the drivers are getting through their routes, and by the time they get back to their start position where they began — you can't even tell they've been through there," Meddings said.
State Highway Patrol reported several slide-offs on county roads and highways. One driver on Marion-Williamson Road north of Marion spun out and flipped his sedan into a ditch.
"There was a truck in the intersection (at Kellogg Road), and I didn't want to hit him, so I corrected myself. But I over-corrected, and I spun out and smacked this pole, rolled three times," said Aven Sparling.
"Give yourself plenty of room between cars, and just make sure you ain't hitting no one," he advised.
After ending work Saturday at 11:00 pm, plow crews in Marion County expected to be back out by 6:00 am Sunday to continue clearing roads.