Be sure to limit time outside and be careful on the roads.
(Cleveland) - Winter has returned! Channel 3 Meteorologist Betsy Kling has posted the following information:
A LAKE-EFFECT SNOW WARNING has been issued for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties through Wednesday morning.
A WIND-CHILL ADVISORY has been issued for Northeast Ohio through WEDNESDAY morning.
Tuesday: Snowy, windy & very cold. 12-17. Wind chills below zero through the day. Wind: West 15-20, gusts-30 mph.
TOTAL SNOWFALL by Wednesday Morning:
3"-5"....West & South
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy & cold with lingering flurries east. Upper teens, low 20s.
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As a result of the storm, the Ohio Department of Transportation has 80-plus plows clearing the way in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
ODOT's Amanda Lee says the winds are complicating matters, however. She says plows can clear a lane and twenty minutes later, it can be covered again thanks to blowing and drifting snow. She says all hands will be on deck until the snow subsides and it’s cleared from the highways.
While much of the heavy snow is predicted for east of the city this week, Cleveland's crews are prepared for the weather.
47 City of Cleveland crews are on the job to keep the main thoroughfares passable.
The Division of Streets currently has over 17,000 tons of salt, and 30,000 gallons of environmentally friendly liquid de-icer on-hand to cover 53 routes around the city.
As always, the goal is to have all streets serviced within 24 to 36 hours from when snow stops falling, depending on the actual amount of snow fall.
Severe cold weather calls for caution. Residents are encouraged to dress in layers and limit exposure to the weather. Check on neighbors and family members, especially senior citizens, who may need assistance.
Take care of pets, limiting their time outside.
City of Cleveland Recreation Centers will be open this week from 11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and are available to residents looking for indoor activities during this wintry weather.