EAST LIVERPOOL - The first snow storm of the year hit the area hard and fast Wednesday, bringing many activities to a halt in the southern portion of the county.
At City Hall, offices closed just before noon and employees were sent home, according to Mayor Jim Swoger, who remained on duty, answering just a handful of phone calls from the public.
Municipal Court had already planned to be closed for the day after Christmas, but other offices had opened for the day.
Andy Maruca removed heavy snow from in front of Sayre Electric on Market Street in East Liverpool, where he works. Many stores and City Hall were closed Wednesday due to the snow or because it was the day after Christmas. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Swoger said street crews were out full-tilt, with five trucks plowing city streets.
"That's because that's all the guys we have to run them," he smiled.
One truck had broken down, but a street employee had gone to get parts and Swoger expected it to be back on the road by afternoon.
Heavy, wet snow blanketed the area for several hours, making it difficult for road crews to keep up, but by early afternoon, the snowfall had tapered off and crews began to make headway.
Uncharacteristically, police departments were not reporting a large number of accidents, despite the snowfall, perhaps because residents had been warned and decided to stay off the roads.
In Calcutta, ardent shoppers looking for those after-Christmas deals were not going to be put off by the wintry mix, and most parking lots in the busy state Route 170 and Dresden Avenue plazas were full.
While most businesses in the city were closed, including restaurants, fast food restaurants and most stores were doing a brisk business in Calcutta from those fed up with ham and all the trimmings.
Meanwhile, residents could be seen using all means to plow the heavy white stuff from their driveways, from four-wheelers to lawn tractors, and, in some cases, just old-fashioned shovels and elbow grease.