Columbus City Schools and many other area districts will sojourn sealed on Tuesday since of
cold temperatures. Ohio State University also canceled Tuesday classes.
School officials done a call this afternoon. The district, like many others opposite central
Ohio, were sealed today.
Many other districts have already canceled Tuesday classes. They embody Grandview, Gahanna,
Groveport Madison, Hilliard, Westerville, Worthington and Upper Arlington.
massive water-main break
this afternoon will keep many Downtown workers – including non-essential state employees – at
home on Tuesday.
Also since of a impassioned cold, Columbus has
designated 6 of a distraction centers
as warming shelters.
Central Ohio was spared complicated layer yesterday, though temperatures plummeted next 0 this
afternoon. Weather forecasters contend it’s usually going to get worse. The breeze chill tonight could reach
40 next zero, pronounced Mike Kurz, a meteorologist with a continue use in Wilmington, and the
temperature is approaching to strech 10 to 15 next zero.
Several counties in executive and southeastern Ohio announced sleet emergencies this morning. As of
6 a.m., Fairfield, Logan, Perry and Union counties were underneath a Level 1 sleet emergency, meaning
roads are dangerous with floating and flapping snow. Motorists are urged to expostulate with caution.
A counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, unenlightened atmosphere — a supposed wintry spiral — is responsible
for a bitterly cold weather, that is plunging temperatures to frequency seen levels and dropping
snow on some-more than half of a continental U.S.
Wind-chill warnings were released only about everywhere between a Dakotas and Alabama
“The coldest temperatures in roughly dual decades will widespread into a northern and executive U.S.
today behind an arctic cold front,” a National Weather Service said. “Combined with blowing winds,
these temperatures will outcome in life-threatening wind-chill values as low as 60 degrees below
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard upgraded a city’s travel-emergency turn to “red” final night,
making it bootleg for anyone to expostulate solely for puncture crew or to find shelter.
Several Midwestern states perceived a feet of sleet yesterday. The continue use pronounced snowfall
at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago totaled some-more than 11 inches as of 6 p.m. Thousands of
flights had been canceled.
Northern Indiana had during slightest 8 inches.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton systematic a closure of all schools in his state today.
Tuesday’s temperatures will hang in a low singular digits, though a breeze chills still will be
between reduction 20 and reduction 30 that morning. Temperatures finally are to comfortable into a 20s on
Yesterday, grocery stores around executive Ohio were doing a sprightly business as business stocked
up before a wintry weather. Shoppers found some shelves frugally stocked.
Emily Floyd and Cassie Bacon, both 21-year-old Ohio State students, finished adult during a Kroger store
at N. High Street and North Broadway after anticipating slim pickings during dual campus-area grocery
Floyd pronounced she thinks that students returning for a start of winter entertain also increased
business over a norm.
At a Giant Eagle during 2801 N. High St., Jeremy Sandusky, 20, a youth during Ohio State, pronounced the
store’s batch of beef and furnish was down significantly.
“It’s like a canon is coming,” Sandusky said.
Columbus schools orator Jeff Warner pronounced officials try to confirm on closings as early as
possible. Columbus, a state’s largest propagandize district, was a initial Franklin County district to
make a call yesterday evening. Charter schools and many private schools in a area, including
the whole Roman
Catholic Diocese of Columbus, followed suit; they rest on a Columbus district’s buses.
Warner pronounced there are impassioned temperatures during that a district knows propagandize will be a no-go —
but that’s not open knowledge. If a district done open a tough and quick heat during which
it will close, students and relatives competence make a call themselves rather than watchful for the
“Our idea is to not means confusion,” he said.
In a Worthington district, 42 percent of students travel to school. Superintendent Thomas Tucker
said: “If a physique is unprotected to subzero temperatures for 10 to 15 minutes, we know that those kids
are going to get frostbitten.”
Dispatch Reporters Lori Kurtzman and Jim Woods and a Associated Press contributed to this