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UPDATED: Freezing rain, then heavy rain possible this week

• Updated Jan 30, 2019 at 1:22 PM

(UPDATED at 8:49 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019)

The National Weather Service today issued this hazardous weather outlook for Huron County and the surrounding areas”

“Thick ice has developed on most area rivers. Ice may start to break up early this week as temperatures warm leading to the potential for ice jams. 

“Late Tuesday night there is a possibility for a wintry mix including the possibility for freezing rain. There is the potential for heavy rain late next week which could have possible significant impacts to the rivers and streams across the area.”

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(UPDATED at 3:09 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019)

Huron County and Erie County are no longer under a Level 1 winter weather road condition advisory.

Also, the National Weather Service today issued this hazardous weather outlook for Huron County and the surrounding areas regarding flooding: “Thick ice has developed on most area rivers. Ice may start to break up over the weekend as temperatures warm leading to the potential for ice jams.”

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(UPDATED at 6:33 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019)

Huron County and Erie County are under a Level 1 winter weather road condition advisory until further notice.

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(UPDATED at 6:03 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019)

Shortly after the wind chill warning for this area expired this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued the following special statement:

Wind chill values will slowly improve through the evening.

Winds will continue to decrease through sunset and become light and variable after 7 pm. Until this time wind chill values will remain below zero and may dip as low as 15 degrees below zero at times.

Take precautions to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

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(UPDATED at 2:05 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019)

All area schools are closed for the second straight day.

The wind chill warning issued by the National Weather Service expires at 4 p.m. today.

The weather service reported that temperatures will remain at or below zero through this morning.

In addition, winds 5 to 15 mph will produce wind chill values of 15 to 30 degrees below zero. This will cause life threatening cold conditions.

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - Sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as minus 13. West wind around 14 mph. 

Tonight - Snow, mainly after 2 a.m. Low around 2. Wind chill values as low as minus 10. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday - Snow likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 22. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

Saturday - A slight chance of rain after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Saturday night - A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday - Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Monday - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Monday night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Tuesday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Tuesday night - A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Wednesday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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(UPDATED at 1:22 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

Norwalk City Schools will be closed Thursday. 

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(UPDATED at 10:31 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has put a contingency plan in place.

The county has two shelters on stand-by to be activated in the event of county-wide power outages. If the need arises these shelters will be opened within thirty minutes of activation and their locations will be posted to the Huron County EMA’s Facebook page. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the office at 419-663-5772.

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(UPDATED at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

Huron County and the surrounding areas remain under a wind chill warning until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures have dropped below zero and likely will remain below zero through Thursday morning. In addition, winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph will produce wind chills values of 25 to 40 degrees below zero. This will cause life-threatening cold conditions.

The dangerously low wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Today might be the first time since January 1994 that the temperature remains below zero for the entire day. Low temperatures today and Thursday morning will be the lowest the region has felt since February 2015 and could break daily records by several degrees in some locations in Northern Ohio.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

The good news is that a warm-up is coming.

The temperature will reach the upper 40s on Sunday and the low 50s on Monday.

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - Partly sunny and cold, with a high near -4. Wind chill values as low as -37. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Tonight - Partly cloudy, with a low around -11. Wind chill values as low as -30. Southwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday - Sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as -30. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph.

Thursday night - A chance of snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -12. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday - A chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Saturday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday - A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Sunday night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Monday - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Monday night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tuesday - Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

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(UPDATED at 9:24 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

Due to extreme temperatures and well-below zero wind chills, a number of places — including all local schools as well as some businesses and various services — have been canceled.

The Reflector will update this blog as additional cancellations and weather-related information are announced.

The Huron County Democratic Party meeting scheduled for today has been postponed and rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at 16 W. Main St., Norwalk. A potluck will begin at 6 p.m.

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(UPDATED at 12:37 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019) 

Social Security Offices in Ohio Temporary Closings on January 30 due to Inclement Weather

Social Security offices throughout Ohio will be closed today (Wednesday) due to inclement weather. The Sandusky location is included among the more than 60 offices closing. Visit the Socia Security website for more information or concerns at www.ssa.gov.

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(UPDATED at 5:39 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

Tonight’s Norwalk City Council meeting has been cancelled.

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(UPDATED at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

Due to the hazardous weather conditions the City of Norwalk will not have trash collection services on Wednesday. Wednesday's trash collection will be collected the following Wednesday, Feb. 6. Only residents whose trash pickup day is Wednesday will be permitted to have six 33-gallon cans or six 33-gallon trash bags on Feb. 6.

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(UPDATED at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

The Huron County Democratic Party meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed and rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at 16 W.Main St., Norwalk. A potluck will begin at 6 p.m.

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(UPDATED at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019)

NEW LONDON — The fire station in New London at 30 Prospect St. will open at 4 p.m. today and remain open until 4 p.m. or later Thursday to shelter anyone in need because of the cold weather. No bedding or food will be provided but someone will staff the station at all times.

Contact the police department at 419-929-3504 before coming to the fire station.

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(UPDATED at 10:18 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill watch for Huron County and the surrounding areas that will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon.

An Arctic blast of cold temperatures will move into the region on Tuesday night behind an arctic cold front. High temperatures in the lower 20s to upper teens early Tuesday will quickly fall behind the front to below zero across the area on Tuesday night.

Temperatures will then likely remain below zero through Thursday.

High temperatures across the area may not go above zero degrees Wednesday for the first time since January 1994 in many locations.

Low temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday morning will be the coldest temperatures the region has felt since February 2015 and could break daily records by several degrees.

From Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon, winds 10 to 20 mph across the area with gusts to 30 mph will allow for wind chills of 25 to 35 degrees below zero, with some spots in northwest Ohio perhaps getting as as cold as 40 degrees below zero. This would create life-threatening cold conditions.

• WHAT: Dangerously cold wind chills possible. Wind chills as low as 30 to 35 below zero are possible, with the coldest wind chills as low as 40 below zero possible on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

• WHERE: Portions of north central and northwest Ohio.

• WHEN: From Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon.

• ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

A wind chill watch means there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation.

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(ORIGINAL post at 8:28 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

The National Weather Service has issued the following hazardous weather outlook for Huron County and the surrounding area:

Very cold temperatures are expected across the region from Tuesday through Thursday with dangerously cold wind chills.

Two days of Arctic temperatures below zero for lows and highs around zero could possibly cause frozen water lines in structures stress automobile batteries.

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