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Freezing temps close many Northeast Ohio schools, create dangerous weather conditions

A Wind Chill Advisory is currently in effect across the area through at least 11 a.m. Thursday with wind chills as low as -15° possible.

CLEVELAND — Grab your thickest socks, warmest sweaters, gloves, and scarves because the temperatures are dropping in Northeast Ohio! 

Want to know if your school district is closed? Check our updated list of iAlert school closings and delays HERE.

As Lake Erie slowly freezes over, many schools have decided to close for Thursday due to the frigid conditions. This comes as a Wind Chill Advisory is currently in effect across the area through at least 11 a.m. with conditions as low as -15° possible.

Already, Avon Lake City Schools, Brecksville Broadview Hts Schools, Lakewood City Schools, and Rocky River City Schools have canceled classes for Thursday, while some school districts have called off for Thursday and Friday. 

Dr. Robert Hughes with University Hospitals says that for those who do have to brave the cold, layers are the most important thing. Frostbite to exposed skin can set in under 30 minutes, according to the medical professional. 

Additionally, Greg Wiley with Friendship APL in Elyria says that this type of weather is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets.

"If you are uncomfortable in this weather your dog probably is too," Wiley said. 

To stay up to date on the latest weather headed to Northeast Ohio, check out the three day forecast from our 3News weather team below: 


  • TODAY: Frigid start, increasing clouds, snow showers possible late. COLD. Mid to upper 20s.
  • FRIDAY: Scattered snow (mostly a.m.), cold still. Low 20s.
  • SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Even colder again. Mid teens.

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