By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer
The frigid temperatures will outweigh the snow this week with temperatures on Tuesday most likely breaking a record.
It will be a challenge to reach the zero degree mark on Tuesday, AccuWeather meteorologist Erik Pindrock said.
He is predicting a high of 3 below zero Tuesday with breezy winds from the southwest blowing 10 to 20 mph. The wind chill factor will dip between negative 15 to negative 25 degrees. The coldest high temperature recorded for that day was 5 degrees, set in 1966.
The forecasted low Tuesday night will be 15 degrees below zero, which could also set a record.
The region also will face a frigid low tonight of minus 11 degrees. The record low was set in Akron in 1977 with minus 13 degrees.
“If that’s not bad enough, winds are going to be gusty from the west at 12 to 25 mph, so wind chill values will be blustery and frigid and could be minus 30 at times. So it will be brutal temperatures,” Pindrock said. “After Tuesday there’s only one way to go and that’s up. On Wednesday it will be a mostly sunny day, it will still be cold, but the winds will be less with a high of 12. After minus three degrees on Tuesday, Wednesday is going to feel a little warmer.”
According to the forecast for Thursday we can expect a few snow showers with a high of 23 and Friday a high of 24, not as chilly. There could be a chance of snow on Saturday but a high of 36.
Salt trucks are on the road 24/7. Parking bans are in effect in Akron and most surrounding cities until further notice. A snow emergency parking ban means the city has the power to tow cars parked on city streets if they impede the progress of snow clearing operations.
Gas companies are asking customers to conserve energy by reducing their natural gas use this week. They suggest setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees, keeping doors — including garage doors — and windows closed as much as possible, sealing off unheated, unused rooms, removing snow and ice from gas meters and taking extreme care with space heaters.
The latest arctic blast is likely to cause another round of school closings throughout the region. Akron Public Schools are closed today.
The University of Akron also is closed today and Tuesday. This includes the main campus, Wayne, Holmes, Medina and Lakewood sites. Bierce Library, the Student Union and the Rec Center on the main campus are also closed until Wednesday.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio is opening several warming centers at chapter offices throughout the region today through Wednesday. The warming centers will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for people who want to get out of the cold.
Warming centers operating in the Akron area include:
• 780 E. Smith Road, Suite A, Medina.
• 408 Ninth St. SW, Canton.
• 501 W. Market St., Akron.
• 244 W. South St., Wooster.
The National Weather Service is advising people who venture outdoors to cover all skin and avoid long exposure to the cold if possible to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
The Summit County Health Department is encouraging people to stay dry and wear a hat, scarf and gloves if venturing outdoors.
The health department shared these additional tips to stay safe in the extreme cold:
• Take a cellphone on all trips.
• Be prepared, even for short trips, by keeping a flashlight, first aid kit and extra warm clothes in the car.
• Keep headlights clean and working.
• Have plenty of windshield wiper fluid.
• Avoid using cruise control in winter conditions because it may cause cars to hydroplane or skid.
• If stranded, it is best to remain in a car.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.