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Major winter storm set to blast region
8-12" expected across most of Northeast Ohio Wednesday
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 

We can expect up to a foot of snow today as the first major storm of the season makes its way across the region. A winter storm warning goes into effect at 7am for most of Northeast Ohio through Thursday morning…A blizzard warning for coutnies along Lake Erie - which means snow squalls and blowing wind will make visibility near zero. 

Cleveland Hopkins says United Airlines plans to cancel about 60 percent of its flights beginning at noon. United accounts for about 65 percent of all flights in and out of Hopkins airport. The airport suggests travelers check their flight status ahead of time. United passengers can call 1-800-864-8331 or go to www.clevelandairport.com to check flights. With the severity of the storm today uncertain, airlines had not yet canceled flights Wednesday from Akron-Canton Airport (as of 5 a.m.). 

In Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Department of Transportation had crews ready last night. The department planned to have at least 80 workers operating plow and salt trucks on major highways and roads in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. You can check the status of highways and other roadways across the state at http://www.buckeyetraffic.org/   

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