ELYRIA — First came the cold. And now forecasters are predicting northern Ohio is going to be blasted with snow — lots and lots of snow.
To say this winter will be one to remember might be an understatement.
Karen Oudeman, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, said a winter storm warning will start midday Friday for Medina, Cuyahoga and other eastern Ohio counties.
So far, Lorain County is not at that list, but that could change today.
Parking bans in effect
The City of Elyria additionally is reminding residents to obey all current on-street parking according to City Ordinance 351-18 “Snow Emergency” which lists streets prohibiting parking on various signed with “no parking” when snow exceeds four inches or more.
In anticipation of the extreme snowfall forecasted on Friday evening and into Saturday, the City of Lorain is announcing advanced notice of a city-wide emergency snow ban effective Noon, Thursday, January 11. Parking is not permitted on any city street, avenue, boulevard, parkway or highway within City limits, with the exceptions of addresses that do not have a dedicated driveway, according to Ordinance 02-15, Chapter 357(a). Violators may be ticketed or towed.
“A lot will depend on the tracking of the snow and who then gets the heavy amount of icing and the heavy amount of snow,” she said.
The coming winter storm from the East Coast is predicted to arrive midday Friday with the precipitation transitioning from rain to freezing rain and sleet, to snow by midday Saturday. Today is predicted to be as high as 50 degrees, and then drop to the 40s by Friday morning, mid-30s by midday and the upper teens by Friday night until dropping to 5 degrees Sunday night.
A potential of 6 to 8 inches of snow is predicted for Friday evening to midday Saturday, Oudeman said. It’s also a possibility that ice may form below the snowfall, too.
Ice was a problem for drivers Wednesday morning.
As many as 10 crashes from early morning to 2 p.m. were reported Wednesday in Lorain County and blamed on icy conditions, according to the Elyria Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.
One crash involved a Child Time Child Care Academy bus that ended up against the side of the former Big Lots building near state Route 57 off East Broad Street. While police did not have details of the crash, Sugar Ridge Towing transported the bus, as well as another Child Time bus that crashed while attempting to pick up the passengers from the first bus, according to general manager Matt Bartlome.
About a half-dozen water main breaks also have occurred in the first half of the week due to the fluctuating temperatures, according to Assistant Elyria Fire Chief Joseph Pronesti.