Classes at all Medina County public schools were canceled Tuesday because of wintry weather.
At about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 1 weather alert, Capt. David Centner said. The alert, he said, would be re-evaluated today.
Centner explained there are three levels of weather alerts.
Level 1, he said, alerts the public that “roadways are hazardous” requiring cautious driving. The alert indicates extra time will be needed for traveling and keeping more distance between vehicles.
Level 2 is an advisory.
“That’s when roads are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only drive when it is absolutely necessary,” Centner said.
Level 3 denotes an emergency with road closings occurring because of snow accumulation and drifting.
“It’s extremely hazardous to be on the roads” in that situation, he said, adding that drivers should not go out.
The alerts mostly are used during the winter, but Centner said there are other seasons when weather conditions could trigger the system to be activated.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Center said the Sheriff’s Office had received “a couple of calls” about vehicles sliding into ditches.
The office maintains normal staffing levels in bad weather, he said.
“We tend to put our cars in the middle of their patrol zones so they are centrally located,” he said. “It’s a normal day for us. We still have our regular calls” to answer.
Snow, wind gusts
The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a winter storm warning until 8 p.m. for heavy snow across the northernmost portions of snow belt counties.
The forecast today is for snow showers likely before noon with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 24 degrees.
Wind chill will cause temperatures to be as low as zero with northwest wind speeds of 18 to 21 mph expected with gusts as high as 29 mph.
The chance of precipitation is 80 percent and the National Weather Service said snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
The forecast for tonight is mostly cloudy with a low near 17 and a northwest wind of 14 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of snow showers.
The forecast for Thursday calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 32 and a northwest wind of 9 to 13 mph.
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