School Closures and Delays Announced Following Snow Emergencies in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana

Winter weather advisories have been issued across parts of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, with snow accumulation as well as an Arctic blast and lake effect snow forecast in some parts. Several school closures and delays have been announced across all three states, while snow emergencies have been issued in a string of Ohio counties.

Several school closures and delays have been announced across northeast Ohio in Ashland, Huron, Medina, Cuyahoga, Crawford, Wayne, Richland, Holmes, Erie, Lorain, Tuscarawas, Butler and Lake counties, News 5 Cleveland reports.

See the full list of Ohio schools affected here.

Some schools in Indiana have been closed or delayed after various parts of the state, including the counties of Fulton, Howard, Clinton, Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Henry, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, and Vermilion, were placed under a travel advisory on Wednesday night by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, RTV6 Indianapolis reports.

The full list of Indiana school closures and delays can be seen here.

A few schools in Michigan, including the Detroit Leadership Academy, the Detroit Leadership Academy High School, Huron Valley Lutheran High and Immaculate Conceptions Catholic, have been closed.

The full list of Michigan schools affected can be seen here.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place across parts of north central, northeast and northwest Ohio until 10 a.m. (local time) Thursday, with mixed precipitation, snow accumulations of up to one to two inches and a light glaze of ice accumulations expected, the National Weather Service (NWS) warns.

The areas under the advisory include the cities of Toledo, Bowling Green, Port Clinton, Fremont, Sandusky, Lorain, Cleveland, Mentor, Chardon, Jefferson, Findlay, Tiffin, Norwalk, Medina, Akron, Ravenna, Warren, Upper Sandusky, Bucyrus, Mansfield, Ashland, Wooster, Marion, Mount Gilead, and Ashtabula.

The same Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for parts of central Ohio and east central Indiana, including in the cities of Richmond, Kenton, Ada, Celina, Coldwater, Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Greenville, Sidney, Bellefontaine, Marysville, Delaware, Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, Urbana, Springfield, London, West Jefferson, Plain City, Columbus, Newark, Eaton, Camden, Dayton, Kettering, Beavercreek, Fairborn and Xenia, the NWS confirms.

A mix of precipitation moving in for the morning commute will lead to the potential for slick conditions on area roadways.

— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 13, 2020

A Winter Weather Advisory is also in place for portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and northwest Ohio until 1 p.m. (local time) Thursday, with snow accumulations of up to one inch expected, the NWS warns.

A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of these is expected but the conditions are not hazardous enough to merit a Winter Weather Warning, the NWS explains.

Snow continues to fall across Central Indiana...resulting in a thin coating of snow accumulations. Road may be slippery. Exercise Caution while riving. #inwx

— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) February 13, 2020

"Light snow and patchy freezing drizzle will continue through the morning commute. Periods of moderate snow will be possible through mid to late morning before tapering off. Falling temperatures will begin to limit melting of the snow on roads," the NWS said.

Light snow and falling temperatures will impact Southeast Michigan this morning. #miwx

— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) February 13, 2020

The following Ohio counties have been issued with a Level 1 snow emergency, which indicates roadways that are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and icy surfaces, according to the snow emergency classifications set by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, News 5 Cleveland reports:

  • Holmes County
  • Huron County
  • Ashland County
  • Wayne County
  • Erie County
  • Summit County

Coshocton County was issued with a Level 2 snow emergency, ABC6 reports, which also indicates roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and icy conditions. Only those for whom it is absolutely necessary to drive should be on the roads. Drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution.

Cleveland Ohio snow storm January 2014
A Cleveland resident shovels snow from the sidewalk in the Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, on January 2, 2014. Getty Images