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What started with a few school delays quickly ignited a frenzy of closings early Friday morning.

The first major district to announce it was closing was Cleveland Public Schools. CEO Eric Gordon tweeted out the news shortly before 5 a.m. saying: "ALERT! All @CLEMetroSchools will be closed today (Fri, January 24) because of extreme weather conditions. CMSD offices will remain open."

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Within minutes, the list of closings grew exponentially with Akron Public Schools, Alliance City Schools, Barberton City Schools, Canton City Schools, Kent City Schools, Medina City Schools, Painesville City Schools, Wadsworth City Schools and many others joining the ranks.

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Here's a time-stamped breakdown of how quickly the list of closings expanded:

  • 4:30 a.m. -- 25 delays listed
  • 5:30 a.m. -- 124 closings/delays listed
  • 6 a.m. -- 239 closings/delays listed
  • 6:30 a.m. -- 322 closings delays/listed
  • 6:45 a.m. -- 341 closings/delays listed
  • 7 a.m. -- 348 closings/delays listed
  • 7:15 a.m. -- 354 closings/delays listed

Temperatures were below zero early Friday morning, with wind chills dropping between -20 and -25 degrees.

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The forecast calls for the bitterly cold weather to stick around for quite some time with more suz-zero weather expected for several days next week.

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