LISBON - It was nearly a white Christmas. The snow some children-and even adults-may have been anticipating didn't arrive until Wednesday when clouds loaded with snow dumped it all over the county.
The National Weather Service began warning county residents of the oncoming storm Tuesday evening and snow started falling Wednesday morning.
Edie Dillard, the county Emergency Management Agency's interim director, said the weather service was predicting up to 10 inches of snow, but only about four inches had fallen in Lisbon that afternoon.
The snow, blended with a smattering of rain later in the day, was still falling as she spoke.
Dillard said the combination of rain and snow would likely result in more traffic accidents since the roads were already hazardous, and residents should take as many precautions as possible while traveling.
In Lisbon, the city's most heavily traveled streets were plowed first by the road department before crews addressed the side streets and other low-traffic areas.
A dispatcher with the Lisbon Post of the Highway Patrol said troopers responding to accidents across the county were mostly dealing with cars in ditches and no serious injuries were reported as of that afternoon.
In Leetonia, one man flipped a Ford Ranger on state Route 14 east of Washingtonville which resulted in the road being closed to traffic for a while but the man declined medical treatment, according to Dave Leffel, Leetonia's assistant chief.
No detours were posted while the road was closed, he added.
Dispatchers in Columbiana and East Palestine said accidents in those areas also were not serious. In East Palestine, police handled only one accident before noon in which a car slid into another, but no injuries were reported.
A single boys basketball game scheduled for Wednesday evening in the county was postponed. Warren JFK will play East Palestine at a date yet to be set. Schools were already closed for the day as a result of the holiday vacation.
The National Weather Service out of Pittsburgh cautioned residents to stay indoors during the winter storm warning that included an expected accumulation of 6 to 10 inches of snow by this morning.
The weather service also reported winds would blow northeast at rates of 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour in some places. Average temperatures in Columbiana County and the surrounding counties were expected to be between 25 and 30 degrees.
Expected snow accumulation in Lisbon by the end of the day Wednesday was three to seven inches. Snow showers were expected to continue through the night, although little or no snow accumulation is expected today. Snow could crop up again in the forecast later this week and into the weekend, according to the weather service.
Temperatures in the county seat could dip to 21 degrees Saturday night-the lowest all week.
Dillard kept in contact with county electricity providers throughout the day, and no outages were reported as a result of the storm, although neighboring Jefferson County had more than 800 AEP customers without power around 4 p.m., according to information available on the company's website.
Dillard said she also communicated frequently with county commissioners throughout the day as she monitored the storm's effect on the county.
Information on how to keep safe during winter weather is available on the EMA's web site, columbianacoema.org/winter.html. Weather updates are also posted on the site as they become available, she said.
Although some roads in the county were temporarily closed while police and other officials helped remove cars from ditches, no roads were closed to traffic in a manner that required posted detours. A map of road closures and restrictions is available at www.buckeyetraffic.org.