Winter is still more than two weeks away, but the blustery weather Saturday provided northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan residents with a snowy sample of the season to come.
Throughout the day, swirling snow caused some slippery streets, and dozens of motorists skidded off roadways with their vehicles coming to rest down embankmets, in ditches, or in fields.
Law enforcement officials across the area reported few injury crashes resulting from the slick road conditions.
The crash on the Ohio Turnpike near Delta injured two Rossford residents, one critically, when their car hit an icy patch on the Ohio Turnpike this morning and rolled over into a ditch.
Trooper John Hernandez of the Ohio Highway Patrol said the westbound sport-utility vehicle driven by Anthony Scalia, 53, of 525 Sioux Trail, Rossford, went out of control north of here at 10:42 a.m.
The car went off the right side, rolled two or three times and came to rest on its wheels.
Marjorie Scalia, 73, of the same address, was in critical condition when she was taken to University of Toledo Medical Center, formerly Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Trooper Hernandez said.
In the I-75 crash, a Centerburg, Ohio, man was injured when he lost control of his pickup on ice-and-snow-covered I-75 about two miles north of Findlay, state troopers said.
David W. Wilson, Jr., 42, was admitted to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where his condition was unavailable last night. Troopers said his injuries were not life threatening.
Mr. Wilson s truck was southbound on I-75 at 2:24 p.m. when it struck a guardrail on the right side of the road, rolled over, and came to rest on its top in the right lane.
The accident remains under investigation, troopers said.
With temperatures dropping Sunday night, look for drifting snow and roads that continue to be slick.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for dropping temperatures, with snow and gusty winds that will cause drifts.
The snow is the result of an Alberta Clipper, a weak, fast-moving storm originating in Canada, according to Bob Klug, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, Inc., a private forecasting firm in State College, Pa.