CLEVELAND -- Thousands of students got an extended holiday weekend in Ohio as a snow storm and bitterly cold temperatures swept across parts of the state.

In hard-hit northeast Ohio, there have been hundreds of iAlert closings due to the combination of lake effect snow and bitterly cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills.

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Roads have been left snow covered and icy and the blowing snow makes it difficult for road crews to keep up.

The forecast called for 1 foot to 3 feet of snow in some areas, including the snow belt east and northeast of Cleveland.

The morning commute was a long one for many with ankle-deep snow reported on some road. In many cases the morning ride into work was tripled if not longer.

There are reports of cars stuck on North Marginal Road due to snow drifts. Traffic also backed up on the west side where a traffic light outage at Clifton and W. 117th backed up traffic.

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