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MLK Day should bring warmer temperatures, snow

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    A snow plow clears and salts state Route 58 in Amherst Township on Friday.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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It’s 15 degrees in Lorain County Sunday afternoon with a wind chill of minus 9.  

The National Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance of 1-2 inches of snow Monday, mainly after 9 a.m., and a high of 27 degrees.

Check out our related stories on winter storm tips. Check back here for weather updates.

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It is 16 degrees in Lorain County with a wind chill value of minus 1, the snow has tapered off in our area, leaving us all with a lot to shovel. 

The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies today and Sunday. It will stay in the teens until Monday, when a high of 26 degrees and a 70 percent chance of snow is expected Martin Luther King Day.

Check out our related stories on winter storm tips. Check back here for weather updates.

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As the temperature continued to drop Friday, precipitation went from rain to sleet to freezing rain and finally to snow within a four-hour time period.

According to the National Weather Service in Cleveland, the snow was expected to taper off from west to east overnight. However, temperatures were expected to continue to fall overnight, reaching the lower teens with wind chill values of zero to minus 5 degrees.

On Friday, first responders throughout the county were kept busy by motorists who were stuck in ditches, snow banks and involved in accidents.

“It’s hard to tell where the roads are,” an officer told Lorain County 911 Dispatch.

Lorain County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said no snow emergency declarations were issued, despite the ice and snow-covered roadways.

“No level (issued), just a cautionary status,” Cavanaugh said. “Traffic (was) light, so that’s helped. A few vehicles have been in the ditch, but not too many.”

The city of Lorain issued a citywide emergency snow ban that will remain in effect until sometime today. Per ordinance, when the ban is in place, 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. Violators may be ticketed or towed.

The city of Vermilion issued a notice that the Vermilion River breached its banks on Riverside Drive.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer said no one is being evacuated. The ice breaker went up the river and the flow of the river is moving toward Lake Erie.

“A few banks were slightly overflowed this afternoon because of a strong northern wind, but receded,” Forthofer said. “We now have open water and a moving river. We are watchful for ice re-forming with the return of cold temperatures in the next week.”

Some residents in Vermilion also were without power Friday night.

But, according to Forthofer, those without power were small in number.

Additionally, the Vermilion City Council meeting for today has been canceled.

Certified Municipal Clerk Gwen Fisher released a statement Friday: “Due to the inclement weather and flood warning, the city will be closely monitoring the conditions of the Vermilion River. Therefore, the Vermilion City Council meeting for Saturday is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.”

About 10:20 p.m., a 911 call to the Lorain County Dispatch Center notified emergency personnel of vehicle transporting fuel on the Ohio Turnpike near mile-marker 148 had slid.

After the vehicle slid, nearly 100 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway. A hazmat crew was called to the scene, but then officers at the location opted to have a local company clean up the spill.

School districts within the county were proactive, with many of them canceling not only school Friday, but sporting events as well. Additionally, some schools canceled sporting events for today as well.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland stated the winter weather advisory remained in effect until 4 a.m. today.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.



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