Ready for Reality: NE Ohio Prepared for March Snowstorm

CLEVELAND, Ohio–Just when you thought it was safe to venture outdoors and say adios to “old man winter,” a winter storm warning was issued for Wednesday into Thursday for much of Northeast Ohio, giving everyone a reality check.

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“I was really surprised because the weather seems really nice,” said McKenzie Kelly who was just finishing up track practice at Medina High School on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s 60 degree temperatures are expected to be replaced by high winds, rain, freezing rain, ice and snow accumulations of several inches in some areas.

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The Ohio Department Of Transportation will be fully staffed and they said crews will be working around the clock until the storm passes and the roads are cleared.

And other communities are also making plans.

Leaders in Seven Hills announced that parking bans will be in effect until further notice.

Cleveland has also released a storm plan of attack. They said city crews will be aggressively treating streets, bridges, and hills.

They’re asking people to stay on top of the weather and for drivers to give themselves extra travel time. They are also asking drivers not to block the intersections.

“We’ve had some crazy weather this year,” said Anthony McCoy, Medina resident.

This latest round of brutal weather is coming at a time when many schools are out of calamity days.

A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days.

“We only had a full week of school once in 2014,” said McKenzie

Students said this storm they are actually hoping classes aren’t cancelled because if it is they will have to make up the time lost.

At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, United is already cutting some flights for Wednesday morning and afternoon.

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