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UPDATED: Winter storm blog - check here for latest information

• Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 2:51 PM

(UPDATED at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018) Shortly after noon today, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office canceled the winter road condition advisory.

Huron County also is no longer under a Level 1.

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(UPDATED at 9:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018) The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Huron County involving snow today and subzero wind chills tonight.

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(UPDATED at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018) Huron County and Erie County remain under a Level 1 winter road condition advisory.

More snow is anticipated for this area.

According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of snow Monday, mainly after 9 a.m., with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

Wind chill values Monday night and Tuesday will be around minus 8 or minus 9.

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(UPDATED at 2:49 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018) Shortly after noon today, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the winter road condition advisory from a Level 2 to a Level 1 until further notice.

At the time of this post, Huron County remained under a Level 2.

For the most up to date snow advisory levels in Huron County, call the sherif’s office at 419-668-6912. If there is a snow level, it will be the first thing you hear on a recording.

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(UPDATED at 5:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018) The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the winter road condition advisory from a Level 1 to a Level 2 until further notice.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office also has issued a Level 2 until further notice.

A Level 2 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

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(UPDATED at 4:07 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018) Here is a message from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 3, which includes Huron County:

District 3 is working to ensure that Ohioans keep moving safely, even when snow and ice blanket our state. Weather forecasts are calling for freezing rain and heavy snowfall this Friday afternoon and into Saturday morning.

District 3 maintains routes across Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne counties. Crews already have reported in this morning and will work around the clock to stay ahead of this winter storm. The following amount of crews are currently working this snow and ice event:

ASHLAND COUNTY: 18 crews

CRAWFORD COUNTY: 11 crews

ERIE COUNTY: 11 crews

HURON COUNTY: 12 crews

LORAIN COUNTY: 14 crews

MEDINA COUNTY: 20 crews

RICHLAND COUNTY: 16 crews

WAYNE COUNTY: 12 crews

TOTAL: 114 Crews

The winter storm will only intensify as the day continues and temperatures are dropping quickly. Our crews are preparing our trucks, watching the forecast, and loading up with salt. Drivers work nonstop to ensure motorists have a safe passage to their destinations. Please give our drivers room to work. Don't tailgate and try not to pass a snowplow. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware that the the road in front of them may be worse than the road behind them. When driving in ice and snow be aware of what's going on well ahead of you, that split-second of extra time to react may save your life!

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(UPDATED at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018) A flood warning for Erie County is in effect until 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Also, Erie County has issued a Level 1 driving advisory until further notice.

All local schools cancelled classes today, due to the weather conditions.

Rain and sleet fell most of the morning. Freezing rain is expected this afternoon.

A number of businesses and government offices closed early, including the Reflector, Norwalk City Hall and county health department.

This blog will be updated when new information becomes available.

Check back to stay informed.

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(UPDATED at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017) The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a winter weather advisory for Huron County that will be in effect from 10 a.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday. Details are posted on this website.

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(UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018) The National Weather Service has reduced the amount of snowfall anticipated for the Norwalk area.

The latest prediction is 2 to 5 inches. The previous prediction was 4 to 9 inches.

Here is Friday’s forecast:

Rain and sleet before 1 p.m., then freezing rain and sleet between 1 and 3 p.m., then snow and sleet after 3 p.m. The temperature will fall to around 24 by 5 p.m. Breezy, with a north wind 13 to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Snow at night, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as zero. Blustery, with a north wind 21 to 23 mph.The chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

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(ORIGINAL post) The National Weather Service has issued the following hazardous weather outlook for Huron County and surrounding areas:

A significant warm-up will continue through tonight. This will support extensive snowmelt and river rises. Minor flooding will be possible.

Very warm weather is expected Thursday with snowmelt continuing. Due to the recent freeze, most rivers and creeks remain ice covered. Conditions will favor ice break-up and increased risk for ice jams, especially Thursday into Friday.

Also, there is increasing potential for a winter storm Friday night.

Rain early Friday will mix with sleet, freezing rain and snow Friday afternoon before changing to all snow Friday night. Several inches of snowfall is possible but the amount of freezing rain, sleet and snow will depend on the exact track of the system.

At this point the weather service is predicting 4 to 9 inches of snow is possible for Huron County on Friday, with additional snow accumulation likely Saturday.

Continue to monitor later forecast for updates on this developing storm.

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