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Courts and zoos close, Red Cross warming centers open in Northeast Ohio
Severe cold is again being felt in Northeast Ohio

The Akron Zoo is closing, saying the cold is too much for man and beast.
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UPDATE: The Cleveland Zoo is now also closed Tuesday.

Severe cold is once again closing many courts, county offices and even the Akron Zoo.

In Cuyahoga County, all hearings and trials in common pleas, juvenile, domestic relations, probate and appeals courts have been called off Tuesday.  And any filings due by Tuesday can now be filed by Wednesday. Akron Municipal Court -- which covers Akron, Fairlawn, Lakemore Richfield and surrounding townships  -- also will be closed.

The Akron Zoo also announced it is closing, and will reopen at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Cleveland is open -- for now. 

The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio has opened 14 warming centers across the region today and is considering keeping some open through the night.

Christine Moran of the Red Cross says the centers provide safe environments in extreme weather.


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“We open up warming centers so that people have somewhere to go to get out of extreme temperatures and we provide snacks," Moran says. "Some of our locations have games. It’s just a place to come and warm up in case you’re out in the extreme cold.”

The centers will be open daily through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moran says the Red Cross has no plans yet to open overnight shelters, but will reconsider if there are power outages.

Here are the Red Cross warming shelters in Northeast Ohio:

Ashtabula County Chapter
433 Center Street
Ashtabula, OH 44004


Firelands Chapter
300 Central Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870


Greater Cleveland Chapter
3747 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115


Jefferson County Chapter
81 Talbott Drive
Wintersville, OH 43953


Lorain County Chapter
2929 West River Road, North
Elyria, OH 44035


Mahoning Valley Chapter
3530 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44505


Medina County Chapter
780 E. Smith Road, Suite A
Media, OH 44256


Muskingum Lakes County Chapter
1451 4th Street, NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663


Stark & Columbiana Counties
408 9th Street, SW
Canton, OH 44707


Summit & Portage Counties
501 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44303


Wayne County Chapter
244 West South Street
Wooster, OH 44691


Richland County Chapter
39 North Park Street
Mansfield, OH  44902

Ashland County at Trinity Lutheran Church
508 Center Steet
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Stark County at Alliance Resource Center
234 S. Arch Steet
Alliance, OH 44601 


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