Pastor Mark Hanchett resembled a snowman as he sped down the sled hill at Goodyear Heights Metro Park Friday morning with his two children.
“Excellent!” was how the snow-covered pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Akron described the ride on a toboggan with his children Kaitlyn and Jacob.
The family spent a few hours on the picture-perfect and frighteningly frozen sunny hillside as forecasters were predicting more extreme weather was heading to Northeast Ohio on Sunday into next week.
Officials at the National Weather Service in Cleveland are calling for more snow to start falling late today.
The snow will change to rain early Sunday then, weather forecasters say, we fall off the meteorological cliff.
By the time the temperatures plummet Monday through Wednesday, new all-time records as measured at the Akron-Canton Airport could be set.
The National Weather Service has already issued a Wind Chill Watch starting Sunday afternoon.
Wind chills of 25 degrees below zero are expected to start the week with the wind chill flirting as low as 35 to 40 degrees below zero Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
The high on Monday is expected to be six degrees. The projected low of 14 degrees below zero for Monday would shatter the previous record low of 9 below zero set in 1924 at the Akron-Canton Airport.
Tuesday could be another record-setting day. With a high expected of zero to five degrees below zero and a predicted low of seven degrees below zero, it would break the previous record low of five degrees below zero set in 1942.
And those predicted temperatures don’t include the predicted wind and snow.
While the National Weather Service is holding off on its snow predictions, AccuWeather forecasters are warning that anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow mixed with rain could fall from Sunday morning through Sunday night. Snow showers and blowing and drifting of snow are predicted for Monday and Tuesday.
Not including snow that fell on Friday, nearly 28 inches of snow has fallen since November — nearly 14 inches above normal.
As Akron school children spent their last official day of Christmas break Friday, two eighth-graders from East High School carried snow shovels down Frazier Avenue near Newton Street looking for driveways to dig out.
“We are hoping,” to shovel some driveways, said Jordan Lambert, 14, who planned to work with his friend Alejandro Cruz, 13.
At the sled hill, Jon Wittmer, 18, of Canton, his girlfriend, Emily Hofer, 18, of Akron, and their friend Amanda Floyd, 18, of Springfield Township, all seniors at Lake Center Christian School, were dressed for the weather.
“I’m sweating right now,” said Wittmer as he rested before hiking back up the long hill.
The three students went to school Thursday but were off on a snow day Friday.
“You get a lot of snow in your face,” Hofer said of the sledding experience.
And only one word came out of the mouth of Hyre Middle School eighth-grader Jason Keplinger Friday morning as he sped down the hill.
“Awesome!” he yelled as his boogie snowboard came to a stop at the bottom of the hill.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.