Ohio Faces Gusty Winds, Plunging Temperatures
Schools are closing, drivers are being banned from roads and emergency agencies are urging Ohioans to heed safety warnings as another deep freeze blows across the state.
The National Weather Service put nearly all of Ohio under a wind chill warning Monday as temperatures slipped and forecasters predicted wind chills well below zero into Tuesday. They warned of wind gusts reaching 35 to 45 mph, with blowing and drifting snow around the state and blizzard conditions in some rural areas.
Paulding and Williams counties in far northwest Ohio were under snow emergencies closing roads to everyone except emergency workers. Dozens more counties were under lower-level snow emergencies warning of hazardous roads and to avoid driving if possible.
Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo were among the largest school districts closed.