Schools were canceled, and 7 inches of snow was expected

Schools were canceled, and 7 inches of snow was expected

Plows were on the roads Friday morning and schools were canceled in much of Greater Akron as bands of lake-bound snow blanketed northeast Ohio throughout the afternoon. Here are the latest updates for the latest bout of winter weather.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Akron

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Medina, Summit, Lorain, Cuahoga, Erie and Huron counties from 1 a.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday.

Further north, snowfall was heavy, with the National Weather Service reporting snow falling at a rate of two inches per hour in Cuyahoga County.

Snow effect on the lake is coming

At 11:05 a.m., the NWS reported that “a band of lake-enhanced snow showers” would head into southwestern Summit County. However, expect increased snowfall, rapid snow accumulations, and low visibility.

The NWS warned drivers to “exercise extra caution” and noted that roads are likely to be slick.

In the afternoon, the snow band shifted eastward, moving northeast to southwest in Portage County during the afternoon. Increased snowfall returned in Summit County later in the day.

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The first round of snow is lighter than expected, and more is coming

Earlier Friday, the National Weather Service said there was less snow than expected so far in northern Ohio but warned that we are not out of the woods yet.

“There was some variation in heavy snowfall west of Cleveland as a pocket of mid-level dry air passed overhead,” they said.

As the morning progressed, the weather service said the snow became firmer.

“Looking upstream in (southeast) Michigan, we see a good flurry of snow that has moved off Lake Huron and is drifting south toward the Detroit metro area,” they said. “This is expected to provide some local strengthening when it arrives later this morning.”

Are Akron and Cleveland flights cancelled?

Most flights depart and arrive at Akron-Canton Airport as scheduled with few, if any, delays.

Things are a little different at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland.

A fair number of flights were delayed and canceled on Friday with most flights to Orlando and Washington, D.C. being affected

It is best to check with your airline before heading to the airport today.

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Cleveland Hopkins Airport: Check here for flight status

How much snow will Akron get?

Heavy snow is expected to fall anywhere from 3 to 7 inches across the region.

Road conditions in Akron

“Travel may be very difficult,” the weather service warned. “Hazardous conditions could affect mobility in the morning and evening (Friday).”

Widespread snowfall will continue into the afternoon and eventually transition to lake effect snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times, especially Friday morning, the NWS said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation posted on social media that more than 760 crews were deployed at midnight Friday across the state. By 4:30 a.m., there were nearly 1,200 plows on Ohio roads. There were about 300 crews in Northeast Ohio.

“This means you can travel, but you will have to take it slow and allow for additional travel time,” ODOT warns.

Winter weather warning for other northern Ohio counties

Other northern Ohio counties, including Portage, Stark, Wayne, Ashland and Richland counties, are under a winter weather warning with 3 to 6 inches of snow possible.

What does wind chill look like?

Wind chills may drop to the -5 to -15 range late Friday night into Saturday morning, the NWS reports.

Weather-related closures and cancellations

The following schools in Summit County are closed on Friday, January 19:

  • Akron Public Schools
  • Barberton City Schools
  • Copley-Fairlawn City Schools
  • Nordonia Hills City Schools
  • Norton City Schools
  • Revere Local Schools
  • Stowe-Monroe Falls City Schools
  • Tallmadge City Schools
  • University of Akron
  • Woodridge Local Schools

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The following schools in Medina County are closed on Friday, January 19:

  • Brunswick City Schools
  • Highland Local Schools
  • Medina schools
  • Wadsworth City Schools

Some area high school basketball games were canceled and postponed Friday. Here’s the latest.

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This is not intended to be a complete list. Please check your destination.

Is there a parking ban near me?

The following areas have declared parking bans during the storm.

This is not intended to be a complete list. Please check your destination.

  • Ravenna: An ice parking ban is in effect from 9pm Thursday until 9am Saturday on all city streets.
  • Silver Lake Village: Parking on village streets will be banned for 48 hours starting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Akron Warming Centers

To help residents adapt to the cold temperatures, Akron plans to provide places for residents to keep warm.

The Summit Lake Community Center, located at 380 W. Crosier St., is open. As a warming center from 8am to 7pm until Friday along with other community centers in the city. The overnight emergency shelter will be located at 111 East Voris St. Open from 7pm to 8am until Monday.

Mayor Shamas Malik returns to Akron from the conference

Akron Mayor Shamas Malik was in Washington, D.C., this week to attend the USA Conference of Mayors. He posted on social media Thursday night saying he would be returning to Akron earlier than planned due to the upcoming storm.

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Akron-Canton weather forecast and schedule

Friday afternoon: Snow showers. High near 26. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph. The probability of rain is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible.

Friday night: Snow showers are possible, especially before 11 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values ​​reaching -3. Winds are northwesterly about 9 knots per hour. The probability of rain is 70%. Possibility of new snow accumulation of less than an inch.

Saturday: There is a slight chance of snow before 9 a.m., then a chance of snow after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a maximum temperature near 17. Wind chill values ​​reach -7. Winds are westerly 10 to 15 knots. The chance of rain is 30%. Possibility of new snow accumulation of less than half an inch.

Saturday night: Chance of snow before 1 a.m. Cloudy, with west winds 7 to 11 mph. The chance of rain is 30%. Possibility of new snow accumulation of less than half an inch.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24. West wind around 8 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low reaching 12 degrees.

Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high around 34.

Monday night: Chance of snow after 1 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of rain is 50%.

Tuesday: There is a chance of rain and snow before 1pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of rain 60%.

Tuesday night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday night: Chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of rain is 50%.

Thursday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of rain 60%.

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