As the area braced for a winter storm, road crews who hit the pavement in anticipation of hazardous driving conditions may have helped cushion the blow Friday night.
The Ohio Department of Transportation reported 23 trucks on Trumbull County roads, reacting to the National Weather Service issuing a winter weather advisory beginning at 3 p.m. and expiring at 10 p.m.
Anywhere from 1 to 6 inches were expected to fall throughout the night, and the trucks were set to remain on 12-hour shifts to maintain the number of trucks throughout the storm, ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs reported.
As a result, Trumbull 911 Supervisor Eric Luketic said, from 3 to 10 p.m., the storm had not caused any serious accidents.
"There's really nothing we can do to prepare for these kind of hyped-up storms," Luketic said. "We just take the calls as they come and do the best with what we have. Thankfully, it hasn't been as bad as a lot of people thought."
Although no major crashes were reported by 10 p.m. Friday night, Trumbull County 911 did receive 22 noninjury crashes and 16 injury crashes.
"They were mostly just fender-benders," Luketic said. "We just haven't seen anything too serious yet."
The Trumbull County communities with the most hazardous roadways, Luketic said, were Liberty, Weathersfield, Southington, Hubbard and Hartford.
"The calls have been pretty spread out," he said.
In Niles, dispatch reported several non-injury accidents along state Route 46 and slick driving conditions on Robbins Avenue and U.S. Route 422.
Additionally, the night was uneventful for officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which reported four accident-related calls over the course of the advisory. No serious injuries were sustained.
"Hopefully, this means people are being smart about the storm and just staying indoors until it blows over," Luketic said.
The snow is expected to lighten early today, eventually stopping completely by about 10 a.m.
Writer Bonnie Hazen contributed to this story.