CLEVELAND (WJW) – A Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory were in effect Wednesday morning as heavy snow hits Northeast Ohio.

Over 200 schools were closed and several communities issued parking bans or snow emergencies.


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12:20 p.m. Two lanes are reopened on I-71 South in Medina where a semi flipped at around 6:45 a.m. All lanes were closed throughout the morning commute keeping southbound traffic at a standstill for at least two hours. Traffic slowly filtered through the shoulder during the 9 o’clock hour until the right lane was opened. Traffic has since cleared in that area.

Crews will still be working in the right lane to clean up debris. Motorists should use caution while driving through the area. 

Video and pictures sent in by FOX 8 viewer Jeremy Fenton shows the semi on its side stretching across all lanes. There are no reports of injuries.

11:30 a.m. Freedom Church in Cleveland will be closed Wednesday evening due to weather conditions including all classes and services.

10:15 a.m. Visibility is less than a quarter of a mile at times. Click here for a look outside NWS Cleveland.

9:50 a.m. Speeds are reduced on I-90 in Lake County. Visibility is low. Drive slowly. Here’s a look at I-90 and Hermitage:

9:35 a.m. The right lane on I-71 South near I-76 is reopened after a semi flipped on the snowy roads during the morning commute. There are no reports of any injuries. Expect delays in the area.

State Route 93 just south of SR 21 has reopened after downed power lines earlier Wednesday morning.

8:55 a.m. Traffic is slowing moving through the shoulder on I-71 near I-76 after a semi truck flipped just before 7 a.m.

There is a report of a crash on I-480 East before I-77.

8:25 a.m. The crash on I-480 has been cleared. Traffic is still slow in the area.

8 a.m. A crash on I-480 East beyond I-77 has the left lane is blocked.

ODOT has over 1,000 plows on the roadways across the state.

7:30 a.m.

Interstate 71 South is closed just south of Interstate 76 after a semi overturned on the roadway. The crash happened just before 6:45 a.m.

Emergency crews are on scene, but there is no time estimate as to when the road will reopen. Traffic is backed up in the area. Find an alternate route. No further information was available.

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