Winter Storm Warning for Northeast Ohio: Cleveland weather updates

Winter Storm Warning for Northeast Ohio: Cleveland weather updates

This story follows real-time weather and traffic updates as snow accumulation impacts Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND — As we track the heavy snow that will impact Northeast Ohio, weather alerts have been issued across the region — including a winter storm warning for northern counties and a winter weather advisory for everyone else.

Note: We will be broadcasting live coverage from our website He goes! The Morning Show in the video at the top of this story from 4:30-7 a.m. Watch live for the latest updates from Matt Wentz, Dave Chodosky, Maureen Kyle, Carmen Blackwell and Austin Love.

How much snow can you expect in your area? Are there any traffic impacts? What do the roads look like now? We’re tracking the snow weather minute-by-minute with real-time updates throughout the story below. Make sure to update this page frequently as new updates will appear at the top of the timeline.

But first… some important weather resources to check out as we move through wintry conditions:

Weather updates on Friday

4:17 am Roads are becoming more snow-covered throughout the region. Here’s a look at I-71 in Puritas:


4:15 am Checking road conditions… Here’s a current look at I-90 near East 140th Street:


4:13 am Here’s a peek along I-90 near East 152nd Street…

3:52 am Join us on WKYC from 4:30-7 a.m. with the team’s live winter storm coverage while we’re here. He goes! Morning show. 3News Chief Meteorologist Matt Wentz will have the latest weather updates you need to know.

3:45 am How are the roads? Here’s a shot from Cleveland along I-77 near East 30th Street:

3:30 am ODOT’s Matt Bruning currently has more than 1,160 crews working statewide. “Many roads are covered in snow,” Bruning posted on X. “Travel is dangerous in most of Ohio.”

3:26 am Here’s a look at road conditions along I-76 at I-277 in Akron:


3:24 am Crews are working to fix a water main break in Cleveland. East 9th Street is closed to traffic between Rockwell and St. Clair.


2:57 am Here’s a look at the snow on our interactive radar:


2:54 am Here’s a peek at road conditions in the Mansfield area along I-71 at US 30.


2:30 am We have a lot of school closures for the day. Check out the full iAlert list here.

Weather updates on Thursday

11:32 pm How quickly circumstances can change…

11:15 pm ODOT says there were 760 crews on duty across the state before midnight.

11:14 pm Update from 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling:

9:50 pm 630 ODOT crews are working statewide ahead of the snowfall.

5:03 pm 3News’ Kaitor Kay explains how ODOT is preparing for the winter storm:

3:27 pm The City of Lorain announces an ice parking ban from 2 a.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday. You can check out the full list of parking bans here.

3:21 pm Update from the National Weather Service in Cleveland:

Widespread snow is expected tonight through Friday morning, turning to lake effect Friday afternoon and becoming…

Published by the US National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, January 18, 2024

3:14 pm Maple Heights issued a parking ban effective 7pm Thursday night. It will remain in place until further notice. You can check out the full list of parking bans here.

1:49 pm Sagamore Hills announces that the snowmobile parking ban will begin at midnight and end at 12 noon on Saturday. You can check out the full list of parking bans here.

12:32 pm ODOT addresses the coming storm with the following update:

Several inches of snow are expected to cover the entire state over the weekend, with the largest amounts in northern Ohio. Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation were already out before the storm to prepare equipment and roads.

Travel is expected to be difficult later this afternoon and into Friday across much of the state. Heavy lake effect snow is expected to hit parts of Northeast Ohio later Friday and Saturday.

“Heavy snow combined with extremely cold temperatures can make travel very difficult at times. I encourage all drivers to be extra careful if they must travel,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

Salt is the main tool in ODOT’s toolkit, but it begins to lose its effectiveness when pavement temperatures drop below 20 degrees. To combat this, ODOT uses additives like calcium chloride and even a product that uses beet molasses.

“Our team is ready for anything Mother Nature gives us, but we want to make sure Ohioans are prepared, too. During a storm, roads will likely be covered in snow — passable, not ideal. Travel will take longer,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said. Drivers will need to go slowly.”

ODOT employs approximately 3,000 drivers who often work 12-hour shifts during snow and ice events. ODOT’s fleet includes approximately 1,500 plow trucks maintained by a team of 250 mechanics. ODOT maintains more than 43,000 miles of state and U.S. trails outside municipalities and all interstates in Ohio, except the Ohio Turnpike.

So far this year, ODOT snowplows have been struck 8 times while in service. This includes 4 plows that were struck on Tuesday.

“There is no reason for anyone to hit one of our plow trucks,” Marchbanks said. “These trucks are very visible. Drivers need to slow down, pay attention and give our crews space to work.

The plow strikes occurred in Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lucas, Paulding and Richland counties. A 5,000-gallon brine tanker was hit in Allen County.

8 am A reminder from ODOT about who handles which roads:

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7:15 am The National Weather Service in Cleveland takes a closer look at weather alerts across Northeast Ohio…

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect. Snow falling all the way tonight through Friday…

Published by the US National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, January 18, 2024

6:45 am 3News’ Matt Wentz provides a preview before the storm arrives…

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