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LIVE BLOG | Winter storm in Northeast Ohio: Real-time updates and traffic conditions as snow impacts the region

Here are time-stamped updates as the winter storm evolves throughout Northeast Ohio.
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CLEVELAND — We're in the midst of a strong winter storm that's causing school closings, difficult driving conditions, parking bans and more.

“There’s a lot more of this storm for us to get through before we’re done with it," said 3News' Hollie Strano shortly after noon.

Don't worry! We're here with you throughout this wintry blast. Explore the article below for real-time updates with everything you need to know as the system continues making an impact across Northeast Ohio.

Be sure to refresh this story frequently. You'll find the most-recent updates toward the top of the article.

FRIDAY

3;30 p.m. The National Weather Service is starting to compile snow totals from the recent storm. Over a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday morning, Strongsville and Willoughby were among the cities that got at least 10 inches of snow. Read more here.

1:50 p.m. Want some good news? Our Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling has turned the Al Roker Tower back to "code blue." 

1:45 p.m. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office has cancelled the Level 1 snow driving advisory.

1:15 p.m. Some good news from Ashland County as they have been downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 snow emergency. A Level 2 emergency is defined as roadways are hazardous due to blowing and drifting snow and/or ice cover. Only those who believe it is necessary to drive should be on the roadways. Contact your employer to determine if you should report to work. Read more here.

12:00 p.m. Here are some photos of some neighborhood streets on Cleveland's east side as crews continue to try to get residential areas plowed.

Credit: 3News
Credit: 3News

11:30 a.m. The city of Cleveland reports that all of its main streets have been plowed and salted as of 9:30 a.m. this morning. Crews are focused on residential streets only for their current shift. Up to 20 laborers are clearing bus shelters to ensure accessibility.  

10:52 a.m. Lorain County has downgraded to a Level 1 Snow Emergency (from a Level 2).

10:37 a.m. Snowy road conditions along I-71 at I-271:

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Snowy road conditions along I-71 at I-271

10:25 a.m. Snow drifts in LaGrange:

Credit: Matthew Babb, 3News
Snowy drifts in LaGrange.

10:05 a.m. The city of Cleveland says all main streets have been plowed and salted as of 9:30 a.m.

All main streets have been plowed and salted as of 9:30 AM this morning and crews are focused on residential streets...

Posted by City of Cleveland - City Hall on Friday, February 4, 2022

10 a.m. Multiple counties that were under a Level 3 Snow Emergency have now been downgraded to a Level 2.

9:23 a.m. The Greater Cleveland RTA says bus, rail and paratransit services are running, but currently experiencing delays.

9:21 a.m. We... have... pavement! Check out these road conditions along I-71 at Denison Avenue.

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Road conditions along I-71 at Denison Avenue.

8:51 a.m. Ravenna has expanded their parking ban until further notice. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

8:26 a.m. The Akron Zoo is closed today due to the winter weather conditions. The zoo will reopen Saturday, Feb. 5.

8:07 a.m. ODOT reminds drivers to give their crews plenty of room to work:

8:01 a.m. Snowy road conditions remain this morning... Here's a look at I-76 at South Arlington Street:

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Snowy road conditions along I-76 at South Arlington Street.

7:59 a.m. ODOT says road conditions "are varying," but also note the visible pavement:

7:56 a.m. The city of Canton says there will be no sanitation pick-up today due to the weather conditions. Collections will be picked up on Saturday, Feb. 5.

7 a.m. A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect until noon for the following counties:

  • Ashland
  • Cuyahoga
  • Erie
  • Geauga
  • Holmes
  • Huron
  • Lake
  • Lorain
  • Mahoning
  • Medina
  • Ottawa
  • Portage
  • Richland
  • Sandusky
  • Seneca
  • Stark
  • Summit
  • Trumbull
  • Wayne

6:57 a.m. All facilities are closed at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in Fremont due to the wintry weather.

6:47 a.m. An update on the roads from 3News' Danielle Wiggins:

6:44 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is closed today "due to unsafe weather conditions."

6:40 a.m. ODOT gives an update from Trumbull County:

6:36 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art is delaying its opening today until noon.

6:31 a.m. An update from METRO: Route 61 NCX-Northcoast to Cleveland is canceled for today. All METRO routes and services are delayed with many times being canceled or significantly delayed.

6:30 a.m. Staying warm inside? You can watch the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony live from Beijing right now by CLICKING HERE.

6:21 a.m. An update on the road conditions from ODOT:

6:15 a.m. 3News' Hollie Strano gives an updated look at this weekend's weather forecast as the snow moves out and frigid temperatures take hold: 

6:04 a.m. RTA services are still running, but are experiencing delays. The Health Line is being detoured across four different routes.

6:03 a.m. Meteorologist Payton Domschke is breaking in our famous ice desk!

Meanwhile, Danielle Wiggins is keeping an eye on traffic on the highways.

6 a.m. Our final update of the morning before we dip out for the Olympic opening ceremonies!

5:51 a.m. Hollie Strano has your latest forecast:

5:30 a.m. Here's our latest live update as temperatures continue to drop:

5 a.m. Our full "GO!" team is now on-duty with updates from around Northeast Ohio:

4:39 a.m. Highways on the east side are looking a little bit clearer. However, the west side is still pretty well covered.

4:30 a.m. Add Ashland and Holmes counties to the list of communities under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, meaning all roads are closed except for essential vehicles.

Level Three Snow Emergency Sheriff Zimmerly has issued a Level Three Snow Emergency for all Holmes County Roadways.

Posted by Holmes County Sheriffs Office on Thursday, February 3, 2022

Our "GO!" team has the latest this morning.

3:55 a.m. As if the snow wasn't enough, things are about to get very, very cold over the next 12 hours.

2:58 a.m. Expect to see some more snow showers this morning, although most of the heavy stuff is gone.

2:20 a.m. The snow is dying down, but the roads remain covered. Downtown Cleveland is no exception.

1:20 a.m. A quick look at the overnight radar:

12:30 a.m. Hunter Saenz shares a look at RTA officials clearing out bus shelters for early morning commuters.

12:20 a.m. 3News' Carmen Blackwell reports live from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport where most flights in and out of Northeast Ohio were canceled. Will the cancelations continue into Friday and the weekend? 

12:13 a.m. How are the roads across Northeast Ohio? Well... not great, at least according to our team that is camped out every from downtown Cleveland to Mansfield.

THURSDAY

11:35 p.m. How are things looking over the next 12 hours? Betsy Kling gives us the "lowdown."

11:17 p.m. With plowing issues continuing in Cleveland, the snowmobiles remain out and about downtown!

10:10 p.m. Hunter Saenz has tweeted out a photo and video of the current conditions in downtown Cleveland.

9:45 p.m. Here's a look at a relatively empty I-90 at E. 185th Street from ODOT's "OHGO" camera. 

Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation/ODOT

9:40 p.m. After finishing her weather update, Betsy Kling decided to bundle up and take a stroll through downtown Cleveland. You can watch her adventure here.

9:00 p.m. 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling is here with a winter storm live update.

8:28 p.m. Cuyahoga County officials say that all non-essential employees will be granted a late start for Friday's workday. Workers will be expected to arrive by 10 a.m. 

8:05 p.m. Officials with the Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority announce that the DASH will be shut down Friday, Feb. 4. Additionally, delays are to be expected on bus routes in the area. 

8:00 p.m. Here's the latest from the Ohio Department of Transportation. 1,300 plow crews are working across the state to keep the roads clear. 

7:50 p.m. Youngstown State University has announced that classes are cancelled for Friday, Feb. 4. The university, however, will remain open. Employees should report to work.

7:45 p.m. Our Lynna Lai is in Broadview Heights, where some cars are having problems getting up snow-covered hills.

7:40 p.m. The city of Cleveland's snow emergency parking ban has been extended until Saturday, February 5 at 8 a.m. Check out our running list here.

7:35 p.m. Well this is one way to get around downtown Cleveland during a snow storm! Check out this video from Hunter Saenz:

7:30 p.m. Here's a look from the Ohio Department of Transportation's "OHGO" camera from I-480 in Brooklyn.

Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation/OHGO

7:20 p.m. Let's get a weather update from 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, joined by 3News Meteorologist Jason Mikell.

7:00 p.m. Our Hunter Saenz just tweeted this video from downtown Cleveland. If you have to be out on the roads, please be careful!

6:45 p.m. Let's check out the scene from Public Square with a live cam courtesy of webcamtaxi.com

6:30 p.m. Here's a look via OHGO at I-90 west heading out of downtown Cleveland

Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation/OHGO

6:15 p.m. Let's get a check of the current weather conditions in Northeast Ohio and what we can expect for the evening and overnight. 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling has our forecast.

6:10 p.m. Our Danielle Wiggins reports the State Route 237 northbound ramp to I-480 east is closed due to a crash involving a semi. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation's OHGO camera showed this image of the area of I-480 and Route 237 at around 6:10 p.m.

Credit: Ohio Department of Transportation/OHGO

6:05 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening on the ground in Northeast Ohio when it comes to the weather. Our Mark Naymik is following the progress of snow removal in the city of Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Carmen Blackwell checked in at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

And Austin Love was live in the Akron-Canton area.

6:00 p.m. Cleveland Public Library has announced that it will be closed on Friday due to the weather conditions. The library says it expects to reopen on Saturday.

Also, the city of Stow says it will close its city hall offices on Friday. Residents may call Stow City Hall at 330-689-2700 for city services.

And all Swenson's restaurants across Northeast Ohio are now closed for the rest of the evening.

5:55 p.m. We've received a couple of photo submissions via Twitter with a look at the snow on the ground. 

5:35 p.m. Three Northeast Ohio counties are now at Level 2 Snow Emergency status. Portage and Summit counties have joined Lorain County on the list. Click here for more.

5:10 p.m. Carmen Blackwell is live from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where many flights have been either delayed or cancelled. 

5:05 p.m. Several Northern Ohio counties are under either a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency. Isabel Lawrence has more. 

5:00 p.m. What's New is now underway, so let's get you caught up on the latest weather news and updates. Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling leads off.

4:55 p.m. Richland County has been added to the list of those in a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Roads are closed in the county except for emergencies. You can see the complete list here.

4:50 p.m. Will Ujek checks in with a look at the current conditions on I-77 and Route 18 in Fairlawn.

4:45 p.m. Danielle Wiggins has posted a current list of traffic issues across Northeast Ohio due to the winter storm. Be careful out there!

4:30 p.m. Check out this latest weather lowdown from "The Chief" Betsy Kling:

4:25 p.m. John Carroll University and Walsh University have announced that they will be shifting to remote learning for Friday. John Carroll says it will have "reduced campus operations," while all of Walsh University's on-campus activities and events will be cancelled.

4:20 p.m. RTA has announced that all of its rail lines are currently experiencing delays.

4:15 p.m. The Ohio Department of Transportation's Cleveland office is reporting that roads in the area are moving slow. Please watch your speed on your evening commute home. 

4:10 p.m. Here's a look on the ground at the weather conditions across Northeast Ohio from reporters Mark Naymik, Brandon Simmons, Carmen Blackwell, and Austin Love.

4:05 p.m. Danielle Wiggins takes a look at the current conditions on Northeast Ohio's roadways.

4:00 p.m. We are live on 3News with a special 4 p.m. show with the latest weather updates. Let's first check in with Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling.

3:45 p.m. Let's check in with our reporters from around Northeast Ohio for a look at road conditions. Isabel Lawrence reports from Sheffield.

Brandon Simmons has more from I-271 in Beachwood.

John Henry checked in from Mansfield

3:15 p.m. The Ohio Department of Transportation in Akron has sent out this update on road conditions in Stark and Summit counties.

3:10 p.m. The city of Cleveland has announced that due to the expected cold termperatures in the city, there will be four warming centers open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight and Friday. Michael Zone Recreation Center, Zelma George Recreation Center, Collinwood Recreation Center, and Sterling Recreation Center Midtown. 

3:04 p.m. Lorain County has announced that has issued a Level 2 snow emergency advisory. A Level 2 snow emergency means that roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and/or flooding. Only those who feel it necessary to travel should be on the roadways. Employees should comply with workplace policies or contact their employer. This alert will remain in effect until further notice.

RELATED: Level 2 Snow Emergency issued in Lorain County: Here's what that means for you

3:01 p.m. SouthPark Mall will be closing at 4 p.m. today due to the inclement weather.

3:00 p.m. 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling is here for an update on the winter storm in Northeast Ohio

2:53 p.m. Here's a look at I-71 near Denison:

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I-71 at Denison.

2:51 p.m. Check out these road conditions right now along I-271 at Route 14 / Broadway Avenue. 

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Road conditions along I-271 at Route 14.

2:41 p.m. Here's what's happening in Cleveland:

2:36 p.m. Snow keeps pushing through the region. Here's a look at the current radar:

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Snow continues pushing through Northeast Ohio. Here's a look at the radar.

2:31 p.m. Checking on the road conditions... Here's a peek along I-77 at Ridgewood Road in Summit County:

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I-77 at Ridgewood Road in Summit County.

2:24 p.m. 3News' Isabel Lawrence has an update after speaking with the Erie County Sheriff about their Level 3 Snow Emergency

RELATED: Level 3 Snow Emergency issued in multiple Northwest Ohio counties: Here's what that means for you

2:14 p.m. 3News is bringing back the ice desk once again... Here's live video of the desk under construction:

2:13 p.m. Such a busy weather day!

RELATED: It's back! 3News' Ice Desk makes triumphant return

2:12 p.m. Lakewood has issued a snow parking ban on the following streets until further notice: 

  • Athens Avenue (Carabel to Lincoln)
  • Belle Avenue (Madison to Lake)
  • Berea Road (Horseshoe Bridge to W. 117th)
  • Bunts Road (Lakewood Heights Boulevard to Clifton Boulevard)
  • Clifton Boulevard (Webb to W. 117th)
  • Delaware Avenue (McKinely to Brown)
  • Detroit Avenue (Gridley to W. 117th)
  • Lake Avenue (Webb to W. 117th)
  • Lakewood Heights Boulevard (Woodward to Horseshoe Bridge)
  • Madison Avenue (Riverside to W. 117th)
  • Riverside Drive (Sloane to Fischer)
  • W. 117th Street (Berea to Edgewater)
  • Warren Road (Lakewood Heights Boulevard to Clifton Boulevard)
  • West Clifton (between Riverside and Clifton)

"Lakewood police will begin citing and towing vehicles found in violation of the snow ban at 4:30 p.m. today," authorities warn.

See our full list of parking bans HERE.

2:10 p.m. Here's a glance at the road conditions along I-90 at Kenilworth Avenue just outside of downtown Cleveland:

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Slippery road conditions along I-90 at Kenilworth Avenue.

2:06 p.m. Snow-packed streets near Sandusky... Here's a peek at US 250 at Strub Road: 

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Snowy road conditions along US 250 at Strub Road near Sandusky.

1:56 p.m. 3News will be offering a special 4 p.m. newscast today as our extended coverage of the winter storm continues.

1:40 p.m. A live look at the road conditions: 

1:34 p.m. Snowy road conditions along I-90 near Vermilion:

Credit: Randy White, 3News
Snowy road conditions on I-90 in Vermilion.

1:30 p.m. Snowy road conditions along I-480 at the Ohio Turnpike near North Ridgeville: 

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Difficult driving conditions along I-480 at the Ohio Turnpike.

1:09 p.m. Another update from ODOT:

1:06 p.m. Noelle Bothe sent an update to 3News saying the road conditions in Green are "pretty bad" with approximately four inches of snow on the ground. Thanks for the info, Noelle!

12:50 p.m. 3News has learned the following counties are now under a Level 3 Snow Emergency: Erie, Ottawa, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca. Authorities warn that drivers operating vehicles on the roadway in these counties for non-emergency reasons may be subject to arrest. Read the full story HERE.

12:18 p.m. A view from an ODOT plow in Ashland County: 

12:13 p.m. How much longer will this snow last? “There’s a lot more of this storm for us to get through before we’re done with it," says 3News' Hollie Strano. “This is going to be something that impacts the evening commute in a very big way. If your loved ones are at work today, be expecting those commutes to be delayed substantially.” Here's an updated look at the winter storm forecast: 

12:09 p.m. Traffic update: The Ohio Turnpike's westbound lanes have reopened after they were previously closed near Route 58 due to a crash.

12:06 p.m. 3News' Isabel Lawrence shares an update out of Lakewood:

Here's an updated look at conditions across the region. We have 3News' Lindsay Buckingham in Westlake and Brandon Simmons in Orange Village:

12:04 p.m. 3News' Danielle Wiggins shares an update on the road conditions:

12:01 p.m. 3News' Hollie Strano says snow will be moderate to heavy at times as it ramps up through the afternoon. Snowfall rates could be upwards of an inch per hour.

12 p.m. We have expanded our team coverage with a special noon newscast with the latest weather updates:

11:56 a.m. The Cuyahoga County Executive's Office has alerted that non-essential employees "currently working at a County workplace will be permitted to leave work early on Thursday" beginning at 1:30 p.m. This does not apply to those working remotely.

11:35 a.m. TRAFFIC ALERT: The Ohio Turnpike westbound is closed in Amherst due to a crash. 3News' Danielle Wiggins says Route 2 is a detour option.

11:31 a.m. Drivers experiencing some snowy road conditions along I-71 at US 30:

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Snowy road conditions along I-71 at US 30.

11:16 a.m. Here's a look at the road conditions along I-271 at Route 8:

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Snowy road conditions along I-271 at Route 8.

11:14 a.m. Here's a peek at snowy road conditions along I-90 at Route 83.

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A look at the snowy road conditions along I-90 at Route 83.

11:08 a.m. While we have snow in Northeast Ohio, here's what ODOT is seeing in Athens County:

11 a.m. We've got some messy road conditions as snow continues moving through the area. Here's our latest team coverage:

10:55 a.m. The view from snowy Cedar Point:

10:47 a.m. Take a look at these winter storm photos throughout Northeast Ohio. Send us your pics HERE.

10:24 a.m. An update from ODOT with 45 plows working in Mahoning and Trumbull counties:

10:08 a.m. Snowy conditions in Mansfield:

Credit: Jeff Reidel, 3News
Snowy conditions in Mansfield.

10:01 a.m. An update on snowy conditions from 3News' Lindsay Buckingham in Westlake:

10 a.m. How is the winter storm evolving? Here's our updated team coverage:

9:54 a.m. Independence officials are reporting a water leak on upper Brookside Road under the I-77 bridge. The Cleveland Water Department has been called. "The combination of water and below-freezing temperatures will make driving through the area challenging. Drivers are asked to find an alternate route if possible."

9:34 a.m. Here's a peek at snowy road conditions along I-71 at I-480:

Credit: ODOT
Checking on road conditions along I-71 at I-480.

9:33 a.m. ODOT shares that their crews are struggling with the road conditions:

9 a.m. What are the conditions like right now? 3News' Hollie Strano says we are tracking some "moderate to heavy snows" in areas like Mansfield and Wooster. Our team coverage continues with this live update:

8:51 a.m. Here's a peek at the snowy road conditions along I-71 at I-271.

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Snowy road conditions on I-71 at I-271.

8:02 a.m. Here's an update from ODOT:

8 a.m. What are the conditions like right now? 3News' Hollie Strano says more snow is heading our way throughout the day with up to an inch an hour as we get into the afternoon. Here's our latest team coverage:

7:44 a.m. ODOT shares this update from the roads:

7:39 a.m. 3News' Austin Love shares pics of the icy conditions near Canton:

Credit: Austin Love, 3News
Icy conditions near Canton.
Credit: Austin Love, 3News
Icy conditions near Canton.

7:10 a.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art announces they are closed today. The museum will reopen Friday at 10 a.m.

6:46 a.m. A crash is causing significant slowdowns on I-90 west in Mentor, and several others have been reported across Northeast Ohio.

6:33 a.m. The snow has hit Canton, per our Austin Love:

6:30 a.m. Watch our final live update from our "GO!" morning show:

Also, the Cuyahoga County Public Library has closed all of its locations today due to the weather.

6:11 a.m. North Olmsted has joined the growing list of communities issuing snow parking bans. Check out our running list here.

6 a.m. Our "GO!" team has you covered from east side to west side and down to Akron and Canton! Check out our live update:

5:49 a.m. The latest road conditions throughout the entire region:

And here's our latest forecast:

5:45 a.m. On the east side, Emma Henderson is giving us all the updates from Mentor:

While further west, Lindsay Buckingham has the latest from Westlake:

5:42 a.m. Jasmine Monroe tells us how Cleveland's plows are attempting to keep up with the snow:

Meanwhile, Austin Love tells us conditions are starting to get icy in Canton:

5:40 a.m. Here's what one of our models is saying about total snow accumulation through Friday morning:

Credit: 3News

This entire system is stretching all the way down to Texas, with winter storm warnings covering a line of about 2,000 miles.

Here's our latest forecast:

5:30 a.m. Watch our latest live update on the storm in the player below:

4:48 a.m. How is the storm affecting traffic? Danielle Wiggins will be keeping you updated all morning long!

4:40 a.m. Hollie Strano and Matt Wintz begin this morning's edition of "GO!" with the latest on what he can expect from the snow on Thursday:

Jasmine Monroe will be live from downtown Cleveland all morning, while Austin Love has parked himself near Akron-Canton Regional Airport:

1:10 a.m. Check out the view from the Cleveland State University Sky Cam as the snow hits downtown Cleveland:

WEDNESDAY

11:51 p.m. John Henry from WUSA in Washington, D.C., is helping us out this week. Here's a look at some of the icy conditions in the Mansfield area:

11:10 p.m. Betsy Kling has the latest developments as the snow officially arrives:

Plus, we have team coverage from Cleveland to Akron and Mansfield and more:

10:35 p.m. Walsh University in North Canton has announced that it will move to remote instruction and operations for Thursday. All on-campus events and activities are cancelled.

10:20 p.m. 3News photojournalist Devin Lamb captured these photos of the snow coming down in Willoughby. 

Credit: Devin Lamb
Credit: Devin Lamb

10:05 p.m. Check out this view from the live webcam at Oasis Marina in Lorain

10:00 p.m. Power has been restored to Brunswick and surrounding areas after an electrical transformer had a mechanical failure in the area of S/R 303 and Brunswick Lake Pkwy. FirstEnergy reports more than 3,500 customers in Cuyahoga County are still without power.

9:20 p.m. Here are some videos from downtown Cleveland, including from our Al Roker Tower outside of the WKYC Studios

9 p.m. 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling is here with a special winter storm update

8:55 p.m. 3News Meteorologist Payton Domschke tweeted out a photo from Oasis Marina in Lorain. The snow is coming down.

8:45 p.m. More communities have checked in with snow parking bans, including Cleveland Heights and Maple Heights. See the full list of parking bans HERE

8:40 p.m. Visibility is starting to become an issue in Northeast Ohio. Here's a look at the radar with Meteorologist Payton Domschke.

Our Marisa Saenz also captured this image of fog rolling into downtown Cleveland.

8:15 p.m. FirstEnergy is reporting over 6,000 power outages across Northeast Ohio. Both Cuyahoga County and Medina County have at least 3,000 customers who are without power. 

According to the Brunswick Police Department, an electrical transformer had a mechanical failure in the area of S/R 303 and Brunswick Lake Pkwy. causing several local homes and business to lose power. "Ohio Edison is aware and are enroute to assess the damage and repairs. At this time, there is NO ETA as to when power may be restored."

8 p.m. Wednesday's winter storm isn't just impacting Ohio. Nate Belt reports that in Luna Pier, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Toledo, a mixture of snow and rain began to fall in the late morning. Turning into slush on the ground, roads were slick almost immediately. Along I-75, multiple accidents sent several cars into ditches on the side of the highway and backed up traffic for brief periods throughout the day. 

Luna Pier's mayor, James Gardner, was found riding his bike through town in the mid afternoon to check on conditions. He told a crew from our sister stations WZZM and WTOL that he expects the worst of the storm to come through on Thursday and hopes everyone in town stays safe. 

7:40 p.m. We're tracking the coming storm via the Cedar Point Power Tower East camera.

7:25 p.m.  3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling is joined by Payton Domschke for a look at our latest weather conditions during Front Row. 

7:13 p.m. Cleveland Public Power reports that it has restored power to those affected locations. It included the West Side Market and Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

7:10 p.m. Republic Services has announced that all of its waste removal service routes for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, and Summit counties have been suspended for Thursday due to the weather. Republic says it expects to resume routes on Friday and will operate on a one-day delay. 

Waste Management (WM) and Rumpke both say that services have not been suspended as of yet, but that delays are to be expected. 

RELATED: Northeast Ohio trash collection services affected by winter storm

6:30 p.m. Our Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling has the latest on the track of the winter storm into Northeast Ohio.

6:00 p.m. Let's get an update on some power outage issues in the area:

Cleveland Public Power just tweeted that its crews are working as "quickly as the can to restore service. We are told it shouldn't be much longer." Among the places affected by the outage are the West Side Market and Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

MetroHealth lost power at approximately 4 p.m. at its main campus. Their emergency generators kicked on immediately, restoring power to the clinical care areas of the hospital. 

Meanwhile, FirstEnergy continues to report over 6,000 outages in Cuyahoga County.

Our Hunter Saenz has more on the Cleveland power outages.

5:50 p.m. The city of Stow has issued a snow parking ban that will begin at 6 p.m. this evening and go until further notice. See the full list of parking bans HERE. City officials later announced that Stow City Hall will be closed, as well. 

5:30 p.m. We have crews from other TEGNA stations monitoring the weather as it moves closer to Northeast Ohio. Nate Belt checks in from Luna Pier, MI; John Henry is in Mansfield, and Hunter Saenz is in Ohio City.

5:11 p.m. Austin Love checked in from Summit County, where the Ohio Department of Transportation is gearing up for the big job of clearing the area's highways.

5:08 p.m. Isabel Lawrence spoke with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who are urging drivers to stay off the roads as the storm makes its way into Northeast Ohio.

5:05 p.m. Brandon Simmons has the latest on how FirstEnergy is preparing to deal with power outages during the course of this storm.

5:00 p.m. What's New is underway on 3News! Let's get you updated with the latest, starting with a look at the current weather conditions from 3News' Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling:

4:55 p.m. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is dealing with a power outage that is currently being worked on by Cleveland Public Power. The aquarium has notified 3News that it will be closed all day on Thursday.

4:50 p.m. The Cleveland Monsters have announced that their game vs. the Toronto Marlies that had originally been scheduled for Thursday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has been postponed. The reschedule date is Sunday, March 6 at noon. All tickets purchased and held for February 3 will be honored for the rescheduled game on March 6. Fans with additional questions may contact the Monsters Ticket Office at (216) 420-0000 for more information. 

4:40 p.m. FirstEnergy reports that more than 6,300 customers in Cuyahoga County are currently without power. Click here for tips from FirstEnergy on preparing for and dealing with possible power outages.

4:20 p.m. The University of Akron and Cleveland State University will both be closed on Thursday. 

4:05 p.m. Parma Municipal Court and Avon Lake Municipal Court will both be closed on Thursday due to the weather conditions.

3:45 p.m. The Akron Zoo has announced that it will be closed on Thursday in anticipation of the winter storm. The zoo says it will evaluate park conditions for reopening on Friday, Feb. 4. 

3:40 p.m. Cleveland Public Power reports that the outage on the west side was caused by two underground cable faults. "Crews are making connections to restore service. We expect restoration in about two hours. The faults are due to snwo, salt and rain water corroding the cables."

3:15 p.m. Cleveland Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday due to the winter storm. The library says it will also postpone Saturday's celebration of the Eastman Branch construction project. The event will be rescheduled. 

3:00 p.m. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has announced that it will shift to remote learning on Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the winter weather. 

RELATED: Cleveland Metropolitan School District to shift to remote learning for Thursday and Friday amid winter storm

2:50 p.m. All Kent State University campuses are closed Thursday due to weather. Online classes will continue as usual. Students should note, however, that instructors have the option to conduct online classes instead of canceling altogether.

"Essential personnel should check with their supervisors to determine their work plan during the campus closure," KSU officials said.  "Nonessential staff without an approved telecommuting arrangement should not report to campus and are not expected to work remotely during the campus closure. The 277 nonessential staff members with an approved telecommuting arrangement should check with their supervisors to determine their work plan for tomorrow."

RELATED: All Kent State campuses closed on Thursday due to winter storm

2:25 p.m. Cleveland Public Power reports an outage on the city's near west side. "Our crews are investigating the cause and will repair as quickly as possible," CPP tweeted out. 

2:10 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tuscarawas, Carroll, Columbiana, and Coshocton counties from 1 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday. Also Stark, Mahoning, and Holmes counties will be under a Winter Storm Warning from 1 a.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday.

As 3News Meteorologist Payton Domschke pointed out on Twitter, that means all of Northeast Ohio (and all of Ohio) are now under a Winter Storm Warning.

2 p.m. 3News Chief Meteorologist offers an update on the incoming winter storm: 

1:33 p.m. The city of Green has announced a parking ban in effect from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. Saturday. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

12:26 p.m. The Stark County Hunger Task Force's offices and emergency pantry have announced they will be closed Thursday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 4 "due to the threat of inclement weather."

"Any individual in need of emergency food assistance during this closure is encouraged to contact the county-wide referral service 2-1-1 for a list of distribution sites in their area," officials announced in a press release. "The emergency pantry, as well as their senior box distribution, will resume regularly scheduled hours, Monday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m."

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12:10 p.m. Rain continues moving into Northeast Ohio. Track the winter storm with our interactive radar HERE.

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Rainy conditions continue creeping deeper into Northeast Ohio before we transition to snow.

12:09 p.m. Warrensville Heights has issued a parking ban from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Saturday. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

12:08 p.m. Cleveland Heights announces a parking ban from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Friday. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

11:25 a.m. Heavy snow is falling to our west as rain continues pushing into Northeast Ohio. We have some time before we transition to snow in our area. Track the winter storm with our interactive radar HERE.

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Heavy snow to our west as rain moves into Northeast Ohio.

11:23 a.m. Here's a look at the current conditions at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Rainy conditions for now, but snow is on the way...

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Rainy conditions ahead of the snow at Cedar Point.

11:17 a.m. Silver Lake has issued a village-wide parking ban from 12 a.m. Thursday until 4 p.m. Friday. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

11:14 a.m. Please remember to send us your weather pics throughout the winter storm. It's easy. You can do it HERE.

10:35 a.m. Rain is moving into Northeast Ohio, which will continue for most of the day before transitioning over to snow. Track the storm with our interactive radar HERE.

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Rain moves in as winter storm approaches Northeast Ohio.

10:32 a.m. Don't forget to clear the drains in your neighborhood! Here's a peek in Parma:

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Clearing out the storm drains in your neighborhood.

10:31 a.m. South Russell announces a parking ban in effect from 6 p.m. today until further notice. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

10:30 a.m. ODOT shares a look from the roads in extreme Northwest Ohio, which is where the heaviest snow is expected:

10:19 a.m. The city of Akron has ordered a parking ban in effect from 4 p.m. tonight until further notice. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

10 a.m. ODOT offers an update as their crews continue preparations ahead of the winter storm:

RELATED: 'Difficult for our crews to keep up': ODOT warns drivers to expect tough road conditions during winter storm

9:27 a.m. Tallmadge issues a snow parking ban until 5 p.m. Friday. See the full list of parking bans HERE.

6:45 a.m. 3News' Hollie Strano and Matt Wintz have an updated look at what's changed in the winter storm forecast:

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