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Cold closes area schools

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    City of Elyria employees complete road work on Lake Avenue in Elyria that left the road closed going toward Broad Street after a water main break near the Elyria Police Station on Monday.

    KRISTIN BAUER

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    City of Elyria employees complete road work on Lake Ave, in Elyria, that left the road closed going towards the center of town and downtown Elyria.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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Frigid temperatures and a National Weather Service wind-chill advisory triggered school closings for many Lorain County districts, pushing students’ winter break by an additional day.

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City of Elyria employees complete road work on Lake Avenue in Elyria that left the road closed going toward Broad Street after a water main break near the Elyria Police Station on Monday.

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Classes are canceled in Elyria, Avon, Amherst, Firelands, North Ridgeville, Oberlin and Vermilion with announcements coming Monday evening as district officials watched temperatures fall. The rest of the county was set to return to school Wednesday so the weather was not a factor.

So how cold is it and when can we see a little relief?

On the advice of Zach Sefcovic, a NWS meteorologist, the best bet for the next couple of days will be to bundle up.

“The arctic air that we have now will be ongoing for much of the week,” he said. “We are looking at low temperatures in the single digits for Tuesday with some light winds out of the west. That’s enough to bring the wind chill down to minus 10 to minus 20 degrees.

The current NWS wind chill advisory goes through noon Wednesday when the temperature should climb close to 20 degrees.

“It will probably be the warmest day of the week,” Sefcovic said.

Some of the coldest temperatures will come toward the end of the week with Thursday into Friday and Friday into Saturday probably being even colder than today.

With so much cold air barreling through the area, Sefcovic said Lake Erie should see significant ice growth with a good chunk of the lake covered in ice by the end of the week.

While schools are being cautious with students, city officials also are mindful of the temperatures for workers who have to brave the elements.

Monday a water main break near the Elyria Police Station on Lake Avenue sent crews out for a cold repair.

Assistant Safety Service Director Kevin Brubaker said the week will be a balancing act.

“I will monitor temperatures with the department heads in the morning to determine what has to be done outside,” he said. “We want to make sure no one is put in a dangerous situation and try not to affect city services.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.



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