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Snow emergency declared in Medina County, heavy snow expected overnight

Beacon Journal staff report

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Snow is expected to continue to fall through the day in the Akron area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through 5 p.m. today for all of Northeast Ohio.

Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is possible, the National Weather Service said.

Mark Johnson, of Akron Beacon Journal news partner WEWS, warns that the Akron area could wake up to 5 to 8 inches of snow by this morning.

Numerous communities in the area have instituted parking bans, including Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Norton, Mogadore, Lake Township, Louisville and Wadsworth.

The Medina County Sheriff declared a Level 1 snow emergency around 11 p.m. Tuesday and warned motorists that the roads were dangerous to venture out on.

The school closing watch began Tuesday night as weather-weary superintendents kept an eye on the roads and the skies. Akron schools sent out a media advisory Tuesday afternoon reminding students and parents that district buildings will be closed Wednesday — not as a result of the snow but for a professional development day.

As of midnight there were about 70 school closings already posted for Northeast Ohio, among them four private schools in Summit County.

Additional schools are expected to close before dawn.


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