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Snow Buries Erie, Keeps Plows Busy

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More than a foot of snow buried Erie by Sunday afternoon, which created challenging conditions for drivers - and possibly served as the cause of one fatal accident on Sunday.

"It was horrendous. I said to myself, 'what are you doing outside?' because when you try to stop, you don't stop so well," said Donna Truchanowicz-Ivan, a Millcreek resident.

"The roads are horrible, even the main streets are bad. The side streets are even worse," said Jeffrey Martin, who lives in Erie.

The weather also caused a busy weekend for the Streets Department.

"We're on our 7am-7pm shift and all of our guys are in," said Steve Sornberger, Superintendent of Erie Streets Department.

When the snow gets heavy, it's critical for drivers to abide by odd-even street parking laws. For people outside the inner city, where there are no odd-even parking mandates, Sornberger asks for people to simply be observant.

"We have a few instances where cars park directly across from one another. If people could stagger where they park, if they come home and see there's a car right there, just pull ahead a little bit so that the plows can get through," he said.

One driver who hit a pole on 38th and Old French Road blamed the slippery conditions for the accident. Police scanners on Sunday steadily reported similar small accidents and slide offs.

But at least one group is happy with the weather: private plow companies.

"I love it. Yes, let it snow, let it snow," said Domingo Ramos of Ramos Landscaping Services, which also provides plowing services in the winter.

Monday is expected to bring another 2-4 inches of snow along the lake shore, and 3-5 inches for inland Erie.

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