Aurora survives first major snowfall

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Aurora survived its first major snowfall of the season Wednesday, one day after Christmas.

Snow began falling at mid-morning and ended in the evening, dumping about 7 to 8 inches.

A winter storm warning, which was scheduled to run until 7 a.m. Thursday, was canceled Wednesday evening by the National Weather Service.

Aurora police Lt. Don Johnson reported there were no traffic fender-benders handled by officers all day, and the only incident he heard about was a minor collision in a business parking lot.

He said a city parking ban went into effect in the early afternoon Dec. 26 and will run through 1 p.m. Friday.

Some area stores and businesses closed early Wednesday, and some events were canceled because of the weather.

The Portage County commissioners closed all county buildings as of 2 p.m. Wednesday and they were to remain closed until noon Thursday.

Ohio Edison reported that about 240 people in Portage County, mostly Suffield Township residents, lost electricity during the afternoon because of power outages caused by the storm.

Travelers can check with the Ohio Department of Transportation's website at www.buckeyetraffic.org for road conditions throughout Ohio.

Thomas Schmidlin, local weather expert and professor of geography at Kent State University, said Saturday likely will bring another "lighter" snow event, with a couple of inches possible.

Aurora residents who have snowfall-related photos are welcome to emailed them to the Advocate at www.auroraadvocate.com.

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