Hazardous roads affect Kent city and university

Kassandra Meholick

Snow will rule as the lake effect snow warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service warns to be prepared for rapid changes in conditions and allow for extra travel time.

Twelve crashes were reported in Kent to the Kent City Police, and 13 crashes were reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Ravenna between midnight and 6 p.m. Monday.

In order to clear snow and ice off the streets, the city of Kent has issued a snow parking ban on all city streets.

The Portage County Sheriff declared a level one snow emergency Monday.  A level one emergency is declared when roads are considered hazardous to drive on.

The university takes the Sheriff’s Department’s snow emergencies into consideration, but the issuing of a snow emergency does not guarantee closure or cancellation.

Evening classes were cancelled at 4:15 p.m. Monday at the Kent campus, and all classes were cancelled at Kent State Geauga, Trumbull and Twinsburg campuses. In the event of a snow closing, university policy specifies morning classes begin before noon, afternoon classes begin after noon and evening classes begin after 4:15 p.m.

Gregg Floyd, Vice President for Finance and Admissions, makes the decision for all-day and morning cancellations before 6 a.m., afternoon cancellations before 10 a.m. and evening cancellations before 3 p.m.

For information on Kent State class cancellations and campus closings, go to Kent State’s Advisory webpage at kent.edu/advisory.

Contact Kassandra Meholick at [email protected].