Beacon Journal staff report
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for northern Ohio until 1 p.m. Friday.
The advisory covers Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties and is in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday. Hundreds of schools were closed across the state as many districts are close to the limit of five calamity days for the year.
Wind chill readings will drop as low as 24 degrees below zero with actual temperatures below zero in the morning.
The weather service advises that the cold wind chills will pose a threat to those that are outside with exposed skin. Animals should also be protected from the severe cold.
The end of the wind chill advisory doesn’t mean the fun is over as a winter weather advisory has been issued from 1 p.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Saturday.
The Akron area can expect as much as 4 to 6 inches of snow by Saturday evening. Winds are expected to increase Friday to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, creating visibility and drifting problems in the region.