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Weather causes schools to cancel classes

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    Students from Highland Schools enjoy a snow day Tuesday sledding at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township.

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    A group of students from Highland Local Schools enjoyed a day with no classes Tuesday by spending time sledding at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township. A Level 1 weather alert was in effect Tuesday, according to the Medina County Sheriff's Office.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    Some geese couldn't decide if the water was a better place to be than snow-covered land near Granger Road on Tuesday in Granger Township as Medina County endured a Level 1 weather alert.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    A group of students from Highland Local Schools enjoyed a day with no classes Tuesday by spending time sledding at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township. A Level 1 weather alert was in effect Tuesday, according to the Medina County Sheriff's Office.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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    Sue Janecko, of Brunswick, took this photo Tuesday morning of a car that slid off West Smith Road in the 8500 block in York Township. The 21-year-old Medina driver of the 2001 Honda Accord struck a tree, a ditch and a guardrail, a patrol spokesman said. The accident was called in at 8:12 a.m., no one was injured and the vehicle was listed as “not drivable,” he said.

    PHOTO COURTESY SUE JANECKO

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.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.


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