Area motorists are kicking off the work week with yet another winter storm, which is expected to slow things down during the morning rush.
The National Weather Service forecasts up to four inches total by tonight. The latest forecast and conditions here on AkronNewsNow.
There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Summit, Stark, Wayne, Medina and Portage Counties. There could be a total of 3 to 5 inches of snow during this storm.
Brent Kovacs with ODOT District 4 says there's plenty of trucks out treating the roads making them safe. the district we have about 100 trucks out," Kovacs said. "We are treating the roads with salt and salt brine to make the commute safe for drivers."
Medina's Sheriff issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency declaration. Here's what those advisories mean:
Snow Emergency Classifications
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
Back to the highways, ODOT's Kovacs says its important for drivers not to crowd the plows during the morning commute. "Just give the plows plently of space to work and remember that they are going below the posted speed limit so they can get that snow off the road."
He says ODOT trucks are working on 12 hour shifts both plowing and salting the roads.
City of Akron crews are busy as well, with 51 units out on the roadways as well. Public Works Manager Paul Barnett says they started working on primary roads early this morning for rush hour , but they are beginning to work on secondary roads, treating them with salt and salt brine.