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Deep freeze closes schools, shuts down casino, cancels flights
Find out the latest school closings and airport information, as well as tips to stay warm

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland closed at 3 a.m. today until further notice.
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Ohio is bracing for arctic temperatures unseen in 20 years, as a new round of winter storms ushers in two days of punishing temperatures and wind chills.

Cleveland is making available city recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday as warming centers. In Columbus, access to the Ohio Statehouse's underground parking garage will be limited through Wednesday to prevent high winds from damaging the historic structure.

The National Weather Service warns of winter storms across much of the state. Brutal temperatures of 10 to 20 degrees below zero are to follow today and Tuesday, along with dangerous wind chills dipping to between 5 degrees below and 40 degrees below zero.

The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland  closed at 3 a.m. today until further notice. For updated information, call 216-297-4777. ThistleDown Racino will remain open with a reduced staff. All dining options at ThistleDown will be closed until further notice.

Wind chill warning goes into effect at noon today for most of us through Wednesday morning

Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday morning along Lake Erie, from Cleveland heading east

The rest of us, including Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas have a winter weather advisory through noon today

Today:  Areas of blowing snow and some snow showers. Snow belt could see 2-5 inches… for most of us though, very little accumulation. Temperatures falling to 3 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -20. Breezy, with gusts as high as 38 mph.

Tonight:  Areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow showers. Low -12. Wind chill values as low as -37.

 Tuesday:  Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers. High 2. Wind chill values as low as -39.

 Wednesday:  A 30% chance of snow showers. High 20. 


Latest school closing information

Flight information from Cleveland Hopkins 

Flight information for Akron-Canton Airport

City of Cleveland warming centers

Tips from Cuyahoga County officials:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.  Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellant.  Always wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Keep dry.  Change wet clothing frequently to avoid a loss of body heat.  Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly. 
  • Watch for signs of frostbite.  These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ears and the tip of the nose.  If symptoms are present, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia.  These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.  If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious.  Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Check on elderly or disabled relatives, friends or neighbors. 
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use – don’t substitute.
  • Do not use a gas range or oven to heat your home.  Ovens and stoves are designed to cook food, not heat your kitchen.  Prolonged use can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding, and never cover your space heater. 
  • Monitor weather broadcasts, the National Weather Service website, or other news sources for current information on possible Extreme Cold Weather Conditions. 
  • The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, the environment, and the economy.  For a complete listing of Extreme Cold Weather Safety Tips, visit:
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