COLUMBUS: Ice coating much of Ohio has led to power outages affecting thousands and has prompted schools to tell students to stay home.
FirstEnergy Corp. reported on its website Tuesday that more than 10,000 Cleveland customers had no power. American Electric Power has more than 4,000 customers out, mostly in Columbus, and warns in a statement that extended outages are possible depending on the storm's severity.
The National Weather Service says sleet and freezing rain from a storm predicted to affect a third of the country may put Ohio under a half-inch of ice. Forecasters caution about the potential for hazardous driving conditions.
Scores of school districts canceled Tuesday's classes, including the public schools in Columbus, Toledo, Akron and Canton. Ohio State University has closed its Marion and Newark campuses.