Winter storm blog: Snow, slick roads, snow emergencies, parking bans

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THURSDAY

6:41 a.m. - Ohio Turnpike opens up but some vehicles still stuck due to weather-related problems.

6:32 a.m. - 4 delays at Cleveland-Hopkins; 1 canceled, 1 delayed flight at Akron-Canton Airport

6:30 a.m. - 26 school closings and delays reported

6:27 a.m. - Bainbridge PD says all lanes of State Route 306 are still shutdown between E. Washington Street & Tanglewood Trail.

6:22 a.m. - ODOT has 80 full crews out.

5:42 a.m. - One eastbound lane open on OH Turnpike

5:21 a.m. - Fewer than 400 power outages reported around northeast Ohio by FirstEnergy.

4:48 a.m. - Three deaths confirmed in Wednesday's crash on the Ohio Turnpike, including one from Parma.

1:38 a.m. - Bainbridge Twp. Police say State Route 306 is shutdown between E. Washington Street & Tanglewood Trail. Some wire and trees are down and block the road. Crews are out and working to get it cleaned up.

WEDNESDAY

10:47 p.m. FirstEnergy power outage reports  2,704 still without power.

10:15 p.m.  FirstEnergy power outage reports 5,925 still without power. 

8:51 p.m.   FirstEnergy power outage reports are dropping - down to 8,843

8:20 p.m.   City of Berea has a parking ban in effect for the next 24 hours. 

8:18 p.m.   FirstEnergy power outage reports are dropping - down to 11,461.

8:00 p.m.   Erie County has downgraded to a Level 2 snow emergency

7:27 p.m.   Huron, Lucas and Seneca counties have downgraded to Level 2 snow emergencies.

6:34 p.m. - FirstEnergy power outage reports are dropping - down to 19,959.

5:44 p.m. - FirstEnergy reports 23,384 customers without power. Click here to see the map.

4:30 p.m. - 5 crews will focus efforts on plowing and salting main roads throughout the City of Cleveland. The Division of Streets and Police will have Police Officers and Traffic Controllers posted at the intersections listed to help alleviate traffic concerns: 

  • East 9th Street & Carnegie Avenue
  • East 9th Street & Bolivar Road
  • Along Euclid Avenue
  • Chester Avenue & Vincent Avenue
  • Ontario Street & Carnegie Avenue
  • Ontario Street & Eagle Avenue
  • Ontario Street & Huron Road
  • Ontario Street & Prospect Avenue
  • Ontario Street & S. Roadway

4:05 p.m. - Several multiple-car accidents have shut down area interstates. Go to our traffic blog for details.

3:34 p.m. - Huron, Lucas, Erie and Seneca Counties are under Level 3 snow emergencies. This means: 

Level 3 - Roadways are closed to all non-emergency travel due to extremely hazardous conditions. No one should be on the roadway unless it is absolutely essential to travel. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.

3:18 p.m. - Parma has a snow parking ban in effect until further notice.

3:04 p.m. - FirstEnergy reports 31,660 without power, and the second wave of snow and wind is just starting to reach our westernmost communities.

2:39 p.m. A number of flights are delayed or canceled at Cleveland Hopkins, to check the list click here to go to the airport website

WHAT'S NEXT? 2:19 p.m. - NewsChannel5's Power of 5 Meteorologists said that we are in a "dry period" right now, but more snow is coming for most of the area. The main concern is that, during the evening commute, snow could fall up to half and inch an hour between mid-afternoon and 6 or 7 p.m., and high winds could cause visibility to fall to zero. Expect one to three inches more accumulation.

1:16 p.m. - E. 30th and Cedar is closed as a power line has fallen there.

12:48 p.m. - Customers in Parma and Brook Park who lost power due to electrical pole fires have been restored. Click to read more.

12:19 p.m. - Lorain County is under a Level 2 snow emergency. This means that residents are advised to stay off the roads unless necessary.

Noon - We're livestreaming our NewsChannel5 at Noon broadcast. Watch online or on your mobile device.

11:43 a.m. - Shaker Heights Municipal Court has closed due to the weather.

11:30 a.m. - Parma Municipal Court will stay open after all, as power has been restored.

11:16 a.m. - Parma Municipal Court will close at noon because it has no power.

11:05 a.m. - Wind threatens to knock down a flag pole at E. 12th and Superior Avenue. Cleveland Police have closed the area.

11 a.m. - 27,219 FirstEnergy customers without power, according to the website, with 16,000 in Parma.

10:43 a.m. - FirstEnergy reports that all customers in Parma have been restored.

10:36 a.m. - Maple Heights is under a snow parking ban. North Olmsted has a parking ban starting at noon today.

10:33 a.m. - FirstEnergy released a statement regarding outages: "We have about 8,000 customers affected in the Parma/Brook Park area due to two pole fires. The accumulated salt and dust that is up on the poles reacts with the rain to cause a spark that starts a fire on pole. We have crews working these outages. We hope to have back on by later this morning." 

10:16 a.m. - Over 4,000 outages reported by FirstEnergy, with 1,300 in Parma and smaller clusters in Brook Park, Parma Heights, North Olmsted and Lorain. Click here to see the map.

9:52 a.m. - Four delays at Akron-Canton Airport

9:38 a.m. - Akron crews to pre-salt roads from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

9:24 a.m.  - 60 departing flights canceled at Cleveland-Hopkins, 62 arriving flights canceled.  

9:23 a.m. - FirstEnergy reports 2,881 outages

9:12 a.m. - Phones at Cleveland Zoo are down but Zoo Education programs still taking place. People with questions should call (216) 780-1377

8:52 a.m. - ODOT warns Cleveland commuters "The freezing rain is moving in!" They say conditions "will change mile by mile and minute by minute"

8:47 a.m. - Erie Co. issues Level 1 snow emergency (Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice.)

8:44 a.m. - Ottawa Co. issues level 2 snow emergency

8:43 a.m. - Due to the extreme weather conditions, Girl Scout Cookie deliveries scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 are canceled.

8:22 a.m. - Smith Road closed near Brookpark Road because of an electrical pole fire on Smith Road, per Brook Park Fire Dept.

7:45 a.m. - Freezing rain in Findlay with heavy rain and fog in Cleveland.

7:33 a.m. - City of Willard in Heron County anticipates Level 3 snow alert, adding they will issue a no travel if 12 inches or more falls.

 

7:01 a.m. - All flights on-time and as scheduled at Akron-Canton Airport

6:37 a.m. - Snowing "hard" in Sandusky reported.

6:29 a.m. - FirstEnergy reports a few power outages.

 

5:54 a.m. - Cleveland Metro Schools tweeted they will be closed Wednesday. 

5:02 a.m. - 54 departing flights canceled, 1 delayed at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport, according to FlightAware.com

TUESDAY

5:00 p.m. The City of Cleveland will be deploying 41 crews to treat streets, bridges and hills through Wednesday morning. Salt reserves are currently at 14,700 tons.

Level 1 - Roadways are hazardous due to accumulated snow or ice. Drive cautiously.

Level 2 - Roadways are hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow and/or ice cover. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be on the roadways. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work.

 

Level 3 - Roadways are closed to all non-emergency travel due to extremely hazardous conditions. No one should be on the roadway unless it is absolutely essential to travel. Those operating vehicles on the roadway for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest.

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