December 22, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
36°F
 

First came the snow, next comes bitter cold

The National Weather Service predicts tonight and Tuesday night’s lows will reach 10 degrees below zero.

If that happens, it would be the second time this month that an artic front has brought double-digit sub-zero temperatures.

The National Weather service has issued a wind chill watch — for conditions that could reach dangerous levels — effective until noon Wednesday.

Tuesday’s high is expected to only reach about 1 degree, with wind chill values as low as minus 31.

Today’s cold snap comes after a weekend of wind-driven snow.

About 6 inches of snow was measured Saturday at the Akron-Canton Airport, and an additional inch and a half fell Sunday.

On Saturday, the Medina County Sheriff’s Department issued a Level 2 advisory for blowing and drifting snow and icy conditions, stating “only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.”

The advisory was reduced Sunday to a level 1 warning drivers to be “very cautious” because roadways remained “hazardous with ice and blowing/drifting snow.”

No serious crashes were reported by the sheriff or the Medina post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Across Ohio, many counties were under snow emergencies for hazardous driving conditions Sunday.

In Franklin County, where some motorists in Columbus were caught in “white-out” driving conditions Saturday, the sheriff’s office raised the snow emergency Sunday from Level 1 to Level 2.

There were multivehicle accidents across Ohio on Saturday, one on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County along the state’s northern edge.

Two Hamilton County deputies were hurt in the Cincinnati area on Saturday after a driver lost control of his vehicle while they were outside trying to help a stranded motorist.

On Sunday, several people were reported taken to hospitals after the crash of a semi tractor-trailer and car on Interstate 75 near I-70.

The patrol said two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Defiance County in northwest Ohio, but it wasn’t known immediately whether weather was a factor.