Though the expected snow on New Year’s Day did not appear, the National Weather Service in Cleveland updated its Winter Weather Advisory at 3:56 a.m. this morning, Jan. 2, 2014. The winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. on Thursday.
In Ohio, the following counties have been updated to a Level 1 Snow Emergency: Crawford, Hocking, Fairfield, Fayette, Logan, and Richland. A Level 2 Snow Emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
The following schools have canceled their extra curricular activities for today:
Clear Fork Local Valley Schools, Crestview School District, Lucas Local School District and St. Peter's School.
Ontario Local Schools Girls' JV and Varsity at Ashland has been canceled.
All Madison Local Schools athletic events and practices are canceled; however, the new middle school open house will proceed as scheduled.
Blowing and drifting snow is expected to develop. Some lake effect snow showers are expected across northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania Thursday into Friday. Affected areas include Ashland, Bucyrus, Carey, Mansfield, Marion, Mount Gilead, Mount Vernon, and Upper Sandusky in Ashland, Crawford, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties.
Snow is expected to develop Wednesday night and become heavier late tonight into Thursday with 4 to 6 inches by late Thursday. Wind gusts could be as much as 30 mph on Thursday morning. Visibility could be reduced to less than one mile late Wednesday and on Thursday. Wind chills will drop below zero at times on Thursday.