Updated at 8:33 a.m.
We've only passed the half-way point in February, but the Akron-Canton area is quickly approaching a new monthly snowfall record.
The area had gotten 23.7 inches of snow as of midnight Monday — with 2 to 5 inches of fresh snow expected to fall through tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The all-time snowiest February at the Akron-Canton Airport was 2008, with 25.8 inches.
Heavier snowfall — from 6 to 9 inches — is expected in Stark County and across central and southern Ohio. Those areas are under a winter weather warning until noon Tuesday.
Summit, Portage, Medina and Wayne counties are under a winter storm advisory until noon Tuesday. The Cleveland area is also facing hazardous winter weather.
The latest snow was triggered by a low pressure zone that moved up the Ohio Valley from eastern Kentucky into western Pennsylvania, the weather service said.
The new snow could push the Akron-Canton area past the record for February.
This year's February snowfall was already the third highest on record before adding in snow from late tonight and early Tuesday.
No. 2 is 25.3 inches in February 1910, 100 years ago.
Average February snowfall through the 15th in the Akron-Canton area is 5.2 inches. That means we're 16.3 inches above average.
The Akron-Canton area has had 45.5 inches of snow this winter through Sunday.
That snowfall, since Dec. 1, is 17.6 inches above average. Average snowfall to this point in the winter is 27.9 inches.
Last year, the Akron-Canton area had 35.3 inches of snow through Feb. 15.
In January, the region got 14.7 inches, just 1.5 inches above the average snowfall total.
But the Akron-Canton area is a long way from the snowiest winter on record.
No. 1 on that list was the 1977-78 Great Blizzard with 82 inches of snow. No. 10 on the list is 61.2 inches of snow in 1900-1901.
And, yes, those shivers you feel are also real. February has been about 8 degrees cooler than usual.
Monday''s snow forced the State Highway Patrol to close a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 71 north of Columbus because of numerous accidents.
Minor injuries were reported in the crashes.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.