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LIVE BLOG | Winter storm aftermath: Real-time updates, closings and more

Some area school districts, including Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and Akron Public Schools, have closed for Tuesday.

CLEVELAND — It was a messy Monday on the roads after that wicked winter storm swept through Northeast Ohio.

Below you will find time-stamped updates as the winter storm evolves. Be sure to refresh this page often as you'll find the newest updates at the top of the lineup below.

FORECAST: Winter storm hits Northeast Ohio

LIST: Current weather alerts

iALERT: Closings and delays

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TUESDAY

1:14 p.m. The city of Parma Heights has canceled their emergency snow parking ban.

10:07 a.m. The city of Tallmadge has extended their snow parking ban until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

10:04 a.m. ODOT shares a guide to help Ohioans determine which organization is responsible for maintaining their specific streets:

10 a.m. Have the streets in your neighborhood been plowed? We want to see your pics!

What are the roads like in your neighborhood? Drop your pics. 👇

Posted by WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

9:15 a.m. What a difference a day makes! Road conditions have improved dramatically compared to this time yesterday. Here's a peek from ODOT at I-90 at Kenilworth Avenue:

Credit: ODOT
A look at the road conditions along I-90 at Kenilworth Avenue on Jan. 18, 2022.

8:30 a.m. 3News' Danielle Wiggins and Hollie Strano have an update on how the community is handling the aftermath of the winter storm:

6:30 a.m. ODOT says they have nearly 720 plows working statewide as cleanup efforts continue following Monday's winter storm:

5:30 a.m. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has announced their bus and rail service is fully restored "with some minor delays due to the residual impact from yesterday's snow storm." Full update HERE.

5:05 a.m. 3News' Jasmine Monroe explores conditions of the side streets while discussing the numerous school closings today throughout Northeast Ohio:

5:03 a.m. 3News' Austin Love gives an update on the situation involving RTA service in Cleveland:

4:15 a.m. ODOT says there are nearly 760 plows still working across the state:

MONDAY

11 p.m. 3News' Lydia Esparra shares an update on the City of Cleveland's response after residents were left out in the cold by the city's winter storm preparedness plan. 

10:15 p.m. RTA announces that both heavy and light rail services have been restored after an hours-long blackout. Additionally, the following bus routes are now operational: 

  • #22 – Lorain
  • #26 – Detroit
  • #28 – Euclid
  • #45 – Ridge--Fulton
  • #51 – MetroHealth Line
  • #53 – MetroHealth Line – Broadview

10 p.m. The National Weather Service has provided these snowfall totals from areas across Northeast Ohio: 

  • 28.0" South Madison
  • 15.2" Chagrin Falls
  • 15" Lyndhurst
  • 12" Euclid
  • 14.5" Mentor on the Lake
  • 18.9" Concord

9:00 p.m. Cleveland State University joins hundreds of other Northeast Ohio schools by canceling classes on Tuesday. 

7:20 p.m. The National Weather Service has provided these updated snowfall totals from areas across Northeast Ohio:

  • 17.3" Jefferson
  • 15.5" Hartville
  • 15.0" Aurora
  • 15.0" Hudson
  • 15.0" Munroe Falls
  • 14.3" Cleveland
  • 14.0" Bainbridge
  • 13.3" Wickliffe
  • 13.0" Strongsville
  • 12.0" Ravenna
  • 11.0" Seven Hills
  •   5.7" Amherst

You can read more here.

6:47 p.m. Here's an update from 3News Meteorologist Payton Domschke: Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties have been dropped from Winter Storm Warning status and added into a Winter Weather Advisory.

6:41 p.m. The Akron Municipal Court will be closed on Tuesday. No hearings, including arraignments, will be held. Those impacted will be contacted later this week about rescheduling. 

6:26 p.m. How great is our Mike Polk Jr.? After seeing pictures of residents across the area snowed in, he decided to help out one lucky viewer of "What's New" by shoveling their walk. Read more about Mike's adventure here:

6:18 p.m. More school districts have informed us that they will be canceling classes on Tuesday. The list now includes Akron Public Schools and Canton Local Schools. Keep track of our iAlert school closings and delays here.

6:00 p.m. Here's a look at some of our team coverage reporting the aftermath of the winter storm in Northeast Ohio:

Brandon Simmons checks in with ODOT to see how plow crews are doing clearing out the roadways:

Some Cleveland residents are baffled as to why the city wasn't more prepared for the snow that arrived. Mark Naymik has more:

Emma Henderson has a look at how first responders are taking extra precautions to make sure they are able to help out those in need, despite the wintry conditions.

5:10 p.m. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has joined the list of area schools that will be closed on Tuesday. There will be no remote learning. 

You can track our list of iAlert school closings and delays here

4:58 p.m. RTA reports that its bus and rail services remain suspended until further notice.

"RTA continues to clear snow from the Light Rail and Heavy Rail Lines, and is working to get service restored to all lines. RTA continues to work with the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland in getting streets cleared, and coordinating with the city of Cleveland on a prioritized list of streets to clear," RTA said in a statement. "Paratransit regular service continues with minor delays due to the impact from today’s storm."

4:25 p.m. The city of Cleveland has announced that it is extending its parking ban until 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Stopping, standing and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs.

See our list of area parking bans here.

4:20 p.m. There are already some school closings being posted for Tuesday. Keep track of our iAlert list of closings and delays here. 

3:45 p.m. Here's an update from ODOT as they continue to try to clear snow off of our area's roadways:

3:30 p.m. Kent State University has announced that all campuses will be closed on Tuesday, January 18 to alllow for the removal of heavy snow. Classes will be allowed to continue online. Students are advised to check with their instructors.

3:00 p.m. Now here's something you don't see everyday! Someone on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland decided it would be easier to travel by snowmobile, rather than car. Here's our story on it

The Cleveland Guardians had some fun with this as well, referencing manager Terry Francona's use of a scooter during the season. 

1:50 p.m. RTA reports that all bus and rail service is still suspended until further notice. Paratransit service continues due to the need to support customers with life, health and safety issues. 

According to an email from RTA, at 5:00 a.m.this morning, 50 buses in service were stuck in the snow, and as of this update that number has been reduced to 35. RTA continues to work with the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland in getting streets cleared. RTA anticipates restoring rail service later this afternoon

1:26 p.m. Is this how your morning went? Check out this video sent to us by Andy Jalwan in Northfield as he shared his efforts to plow out his driveway, time-lapsed!

12:56 p.m. It was a tough morning for several RTA busses in downtown Cleveland. Approximately 6 or 7 were stuck in the snow on Superior Avenue near the Renaissance Hotel. 

12:40 p.m. How much snow has fallen across Northeast Ohio so far? We're keeping track here. So far, the highest totals are in Ashtabula County.

12:36 a.m. Here's another view of the roads. This is along I-480 at Lancaster Drive.

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions along I-480 at Lancaster Drive on Jan. 17, 2022.

12:08 p.m. Out in Lake County, Laketran has suspended all Local Route and Park-n-Ride service due to weather and road conditions. If a Laketran rider needs Dial-a-Ride bus service to get home or has any other questions, Laketran Customer Service Department is available at 440-354-6100. 

11:59 a.m. The National Weather Service is sharing a first look at some of the snow totals throughout Northeast Ohio:

11:56 a.m. Cleveland Clinic has announced that the Walker Cleveland COVID-19 testing site will be closed all day Monday. Individuals scheduled for Monday tests may come anytime Tuesday. 

11:53 a.m. From Euclid police: "All major roads in Euclid are still in dangerous condition. Side streets are impassable. This condition will continue for several hours. Avoid traveling to or from Euclid."

11:21 a.m. Here comes some lake effect snow...

11:14 a.m. The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is closed Monday.

"Any visitors who were registered to join us in person on MLK Day will receive complimentary tickets to come any open day this month, or to take an online tour of the special exhibition, Stories of Survival available on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 2 p.m.," officials said.

Online programs will take place as scheduled.

11:04 a.m. Road conditions are starting to improve in spots. Here's a look along I-71 at I-271:

Credit: ODOT
Road conditions along I-71 at I-271 at 11:04 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

11:02 a.m. Here's a current look at the snowy road conditions along I-77 at Route 18:

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions on I-77 at Route 18 at 11:02 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

10:35 a.m. A peek at the road conditions along I-71 at the Turnpike:

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions on I-71 at the Ohio Turnpike as of 10:35 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

10:33 a.m. Snowy road conditions along I-77 at Copley Road:

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions on I-77 at Copley Road as of 10:33 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

10:30 a.m. Here's a look at the current traffic conditions and incidents throughout Northeast Ohio.

Credit: ODOT
A look at the travel conditions in Northeast Ohio as of 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

ODOT also has this update from the roads:

10:21 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art will now be closed all day Monday. The museum will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.

10:19 a.m. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's opening is delayed until noon.

9:55 a.m. All Cuyahoga County Public Library branches and administrative offices will now remain closed for the remainder of the day.

9:40 a.m. Check out these photos of the snow as submitted by viewers throughout Northeast Ohio:

9:25 a.m. Here's a look at the snow-packed road conditions along I-77 at Route 82.

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions along I-77 at Route 82.

9:23 a.m. A check on the snowy road conditions... Here's a peek at I-77 near Copley Road:

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions along I-77 at Copley Road.

9 a.m. ODOT says there are nearly 980 plows out statewide. Here's a view from one of their trucks in Ashtabula County:

8:47 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art is delaying its opening until noon today due to the weather conditions.

8:37 a.m. Mayfield Road Hill is closed through Gates Mills.

8:32 a.m. North Coast Harbor's 8th Annual ice Fest has been canceled due to weather.

8:27 a.m. Snowy road conditions along Route 8 at East Glenwood Avenue.

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions on Route 8 at East Glenwood Avenue at 8:27 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2022.

8:02 a.m. A few announcements for this exact time...

  • Mentor Public Library is closed today due to the inclement weather.
  • A parking ban has also been announced for North Olmsted, which is in effect Monday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. See the list of parking bans HERE.
  • All Lake Metroparks facilities are closed today. All programs and events have also been canceled for Monday.

7:50 a.m. ODOT has an update from the roads:

7:45 a.m. 3News' Matt Wintz offers a fresh update on the weather conditions:

Let’s chat what happens from here with the snow with Matt Wintz

Posted by WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland on Monday, January 17, 2022

7:35 a.m. Here's a live look at the road conditions throughout Northeast Ohio this morning:

7:32 a.m. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is closed today due to the weather conditions.

7:30 a.m. Here's a check on the conditions in Twinsburg off Route 82 with 3News' Lindsay Buckingham:

7:02 a.m. 3News' Matt Wintz shares a glimpse at the model guidance for today's forecast:

7 a.m. We're tracking snowfall rates and road conditions throughout Northeast Ohio as our team coverage continues: 

6:48 a.m. Check out the windy, snowy conditions in Ohio City from 3News' Isabel Lawrence:

6:45 a.m. Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio says all of their retail locations and attended donation centers will be closed today due to the weather conditions. All locations will reopen on Tuesday. This impacts 22 retail stores and eight attended donation centers.

6:31 a.m. All Cuyahoga County Public Library branches and administrative offices will be closed until 1 p.m. Monday due to the weather conditions.

6:30 a.m. Our team coverage offers an updated look at the current conditions: 

6:24 a.m. A look at the conditions in Twinsburg from 3News' Lindsay Buckingham: 

6 a.m. A big team update on the weather conditions across Northeast Ohio:

5:50 a.m. ODOT tweets a photo of snow-packed roads in Summit County along I-76.

5:48 a.m. 3News' Matt Wintz shares these snow totals, which he said will need to be updated as more snow accumulates:

5:30 a.m. How much snow did you get? We want to see your pics!

How much snow did you get? ❄❄❄ Drop your pics! 👇

Posted by WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland on Monday, January 17, 2022

5:26 a.m. 3News' Isabel Lawrence shares a quick snowy clip:

5:23 a.m. A peek at the road conditions along I-77 at Cleveland Massillon Road:

Credit: ODOT
Snowy road conditions on I-77 at Cleveland Massillon Road.

5:17 a.m. When will the snow end? 3News' Matt Wintz and Hollie Strano take a closer look...

5:15 a.m. ODOT Akron shares an update from the roads:

5:06 a.m. ODOT Cleveland warns drivers to slow down and allow for plenty of extra time:

5 a.m. Live team coverage:

3News' Isabel Lawrence shares a few photos from her live shot:

4:53 a.m. Another update from 3News' Matt Wintz:

4:51 a.m. Cleveland police say the I-71 South 176 S/I-90 East ramp coming into downtown is closed until further notice due to weather.

3News' Lindsay Buckingham shares this photo from Twinsburg:

4:31 a.m. The city of Cleveland issued a snow parking ban throughout the city from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday. CLICK HERE to see our full list of current snow parking bans.

Here's what the city released:

Parking is prohibited on designated Snow Emergency streets, which are identified as necessary for transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health and police protection and other vital facilities of the City. Significant snowfall can cause streets to become congested and impassable.

Vehicles left parked in the roadway prevent snowplows from clearing streets, which can make driving down these streets impossible. Resulting bottlenecks and gridlock can hamper response by emergency vehicles. For this reason, citizens are encouraged to avoid parking vehicles on all city streets to allow snow plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice from the roads. Vehicles in violation are subject to citation and towing.

4:30 a.m. 3News offers team coverage with the latest updates on the weather:

4 a.m. ODOT is reporting the ramp from I-90 East to I-71 is closed.

3:59 a.m. ODOT is reporting the ramp from I-480 West to I-77 South is closed.

3:45 a.m. All lanes are closed on I-76 East at Route 8 North due to snow and ice. 

Credit: ODOT
Crews have closed all lanes of I-76 East at Route 8 due to snow and ice.

3:40 a.m. ODOT is reporting the ramp from I-480 to I-77 is closed. Bedford police have also alerted 3News, asking drivers to avoid the area until further notice.

3:10 a.m. 3News' Matt Wintz shared this snowy video from downtown Cleveland:

2:59 a.m. Snowy view of I-480 at Lee Road:

Credit: ODOT
I-480 at Lee Road.

2:56 a.m. A current picture from I-77 at I-271:

Credit: ODOT
I-77 at I-271.

2:50 a.m. Here's a current look at the radar, which you can watch live HERE.

Credit: 3News
Tracking the snow on radar at 2:50 a.m.

2:20 a.m. 3News' Hollie Strano shares this update:

1:48 a.m.: Check out this beautiful view Ryan Harriott captured in Youngstown!

1:45 a.m.: Meteorologist Matt Wintz gives us a look at how downtown Cleveland is getting "crushed" by the snow:

Meanwhile, sports anchor Nick Camino is having a bit of a time driving home...

12:59 a.m.: Viewer Julie Harden sent us some photos and video from Mentor-on-the-Lake:

12:25 a.m.: Add Ashland County to the list of areas with Level 1 snow emergencies. Betsy Kling and Payton Domschke have the latest in their forecast for "What's Next":

SUNDAY

11:40 p.m. ODOT offers this glimpse from I-76 in Portage County:

11:34 p.m.: Summit County is now under a Level 2 snow emergency, meaning "only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Erie, Huron, and Richland counties are under Level 1 emergencies.

10:36 p.m.: A look at how the snow evolved outside WKYC Studios Sunday evening:

10:30 p.m. ODOT says they have more than 1,000 plows across the state of Ohio:

10:22 p.m.: Chief meteorologist Betsy Kling just finished giving a live update on the storm situation:

10:15 p.m.: The speed limit has officially been reduced on Interstate 90 due to the snow:

Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation

8:04 p.m.: Add Newburgh Heights and Wadsworth to the list of communities with parking bans, in effect until further notice. Euclid also has a ban in place, but only for Euclid Avenue.

7:11 p.m.: Now downtown is getting hit, with Matt Wintz sharing this video with us:

The strobe light on 3News' Al Roker weather tower has also turned to red, meaning we are in the middle of a serious weather situation:

6:57 p.m.: The snow has reached Cleveland proper, with one viewer sending us this photo from Ohio City:

6:28 p.m.: Some more parking bans in the area:

  • Akron - 8 p.m. Sunday until further notice
  • Cuyahoga Falls - 9 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Tuesday
  • East Cleveland - In effect until further notice on Euclid Avenue only
  • Kent - Goes into effect with two inches of snow on the roads
  • Lakewood - Goes into effect with four inches of snow on the roads
  • Shaker Heights - Goes into effect with two inches of snow on the roads
  • Stow - In effect until further notice

5:50 p.m.: The city of Tallmadge has enacted a snow parking ban until 7 a.m. Tuesday. We expect this to be the first of many parking restrictions around the area.

4:55 p.m.: The early parts of the storm have arrived in Ashland County, with viewer David Neel sending us video from Polk:

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