We're expecting our first snowfall of the season this weekend with temperatures dropping to around 30 degrees in the Akron area.
If you think it's too early for snow, it's not...
"It's actually fairly normal. We start to see the first flakes, typically, toward the end of October. Last year, the first trace of snow was measured on October 24," said meteorologist Jim Kosarik with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
Kosarik says we won't see any significant accumulation this weekend. The first snowfall that sticks to the ground is usually recorded in early to mid-November.
Temperatures are expected to climb back to the 50s by early next week.
The winter weather is on its way back. According to the National Weather Service, the Akron area could see up to two inches of snow as the temperature drops overnight and into Tuesday morning.
Meteorologist Kristen Schepel with the National Weather Service in Cleveland said rain showers will transition into snow Tuesday morning, but she doesn't expect much of the snow to stick to the ground.
"And any snow that does stick to the ground is probably going to quickly melt off," said Schepel. "So since temperatures are going to reach into the mid 40s by Wednesday, I wouldn't be surprised if the snow was gone."
Schepel said temperatures on Tuesday will drop 20 degrees below normal.
The weather is expected to warm up on Wednesday and temperatures are expected to reach the 60s near the end of the work week.
You may have heard weather reports pointing to a possible snow storm on its way this weekend. The National Weather Service has confirmed that they are tracking winter storm that could bring more than six inches of snow over the weekend and into Monday.
It's possible the storm could move through the south -- leaving behind some light snowfall, according Karen Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
Clark said it's too early to tell exactly when the winter storm will hit the area and how much snow it will bring.
"One model is saying it's going to be a little earlier and one is saying it's going to be a little later, so we're just going to have to see which one ends up being right," said Clark.
Clark said it's not unusual to find heavy snowfall in March.
"If you look back over the records, we've had some of our biggest snowfalls in March because at that point in the year you're starting to have an increase in moisture so there's more moisture available to work with."
It's been a rough winter for Ohio residents. Toledo set their all-time snowiest winter record on Tuesday.
People going to work weren't the only ones getting stuck on snowy roads today.
One Akron Fire Truck got stuck on a side street near Ericcson Avenue, while an ambulance wound up in a ditch near Smith Road.
Capt. Al Bragg tells AkronNewsNow the threat of emergency vehicles getting stuck is another reason for the rest of us to stay off the roads when the snow flies.
"If we have to move to the side, then there's an opportunity to get stuck," he said.
While freeing a large fire truck stuck in snow may sound complicated, Bragg said it can be quite simple.
"There are several things you can do," he explained. "But sometimes it's just a matter of getting a tow truck out and pulling the truck out of the spot where they're stuck."
According to Bragg, stuck fire and EMS vehicles haven't led to any major dropoff in the level of service the fire department can provide. He said the fire department works with the city year-round to identify potential problem areas on the roads as well as areas that may prove treacherous for fire trucks and ambulances.
Another round of winter weather is on its way to Northeast Ohio. A Winter Weather Advisor is in effect beginning Monday at 7 p.m until Tuesday at 7 a.m .
Brian Mitchell of the National Weather Service in Cleveland says we could see four to five inches of snow. Sleet and freezing rain is also in the forecast between Canton and Youngstown. After the snowfall, temperatures are expected to climb above freezing on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service is also tracking another storm system that could bring rain Thursday night into Friday morning.
"We would like people to remain aware of any potential flooding problems that may develop with the rain and the snow melt and the ice on the river," said Mitchell.
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Despite the winter weather challenge on the roads this morning, Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties is still moving forward with their delivery plans.
"We, unfortunately, have had to close twice within the past due to weather-related issues so were very hesitant to have to cancel meal delivery again today," said Interim Executive Director Ted Watko. "We've been monitoring the weather and we think hopefully it'll clear up in time that we can get the meals out."
Watko said they have a couple of delivery trucks, but they're looking for more volunteers that have vehicles with 4-wheel drive to help get around the snow covered roadways.
"Although we're concerned with the snow and ice, again, we're going to give it a try," said Watko.
Watko said they'll keep an eye on the weather and will make changes if needed but at this point, they'll be on the roads with their delivery schedule.
"We're going to try and push through it, no matter what."
On the web: www.mow-starkwayne.org
With brutal winter weather eating up days set aside to cancel classes, the Akron Public Schools district is extending the school year calendar to make up.
Classes cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday due to the second round of extreme cold mean the Akron district is two days over the state allowance of five "calamity days"...and will have to dip into June to make up.
"The school board voted that it would be June 6th, which is a Friday, and June 9th, which is a Monday," Akron schools communications director Mark Williamson tells AkronNewsNow.com, "would be the first two days that we would burn as makeup days."
The currently scheduled last day of school is June 5th.
Williamson says that any more days over the limit would be made up after those first two days.
"If we need more than that, we will use the rest of that week of June," Williamson says. "The 9th through 14th is the week we would use next."
If more are needed, the district would have to dip into spring break.
Williamson says that a plan by Gov. Kasich and state lawmakers to add four extra "calamity days" this year would be a "big help", and give the Akron district another two days to call off if needed...not to mention restoring the end of year calendar, weather definitely permitting.
Williamson says that if there's a continuing cold weather pattern, even the extra days may not cover time needed to call off schools.
(Previous ANN coverage) Akron Public Schools students will have to attend classes for a couple of extra days in June to make up for the 6th and 7th day of cancelled classes this week due to the second arctic freeze this month.
APS officials announced Wednesday that the make-up days will be Friday JUne 6th and Monday June 9th.
The Akron district went beyond the state allocated five calamity days on Tuesday and Wednesday when classes were cancelled.
Akron made its way through a "clipper" snowstorm on Saturday, and another is expected on Sunday...before the temperatures plunge again.
The National Weather Service put up a Winter Weather Advisory through Saturday evening, and widespread snow caused problems...from minor fender benders to a major accident that shut down I-76 westbound at Gilchrist Road for much of the late morning and early afternoon.
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Crews finally cleared the scene at around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, but not before drivers were forced to detour down Canton Road to U.S. Route 224 for hours to get around the scene.
Akron Snow and Ice crews - with 54 trucks on the road - got a bit of a break Saturday afternoon, allowing them to catch up on clearing primary roads before snow resumed later Saturday afternoon.
ODOT's District 4 had 120 trucks out, including 20 in the immediate Summit County area.
Another system bringing an estimated 1-to-3 inches of snow is expected late Sunday afternoon. Monday night into Wednesday, extreme cold and wind chills well below zero are expected to return.
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While some are not happy with the snowfall, many at Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort are wearing big smiles.
"We can go an entire winter without snow and be fine if we have cold enough temperatures to make snow," said Steve Mackle, product manager at Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort. "Natural snow is just better for skiing and snowboarding. People like that natural powder."
Mackle says many take advantage of the winter weather, despite the bitter cold temperatures and he's expecting a busy season in comparison to past years.
"It's definitely going to be a longer season. Already we've gotten that many more weeks in, earlier, with the way we're getting a lot of snowfall."
The ski resort opened on Black Friday which is one of their earliest opening dates during the winter season.
Power outages affected Ohio Edison customers in some parts of the Akron area Tuesday afternoon.
The company's outage website showed power was off for about 1400 customers in the area along North Main Street and Tallmadge Avenue in Akron's North Hill for a few hours. About 1800 customers in Stow were also out of power, mainly in the Graham Road and Route 8 area.
FirstEnergy says wet snow weighed down the lines, but the company says it had crews at the ready...and they kept crews working to make sure power was turned back on, for areas without it, as soon as possible.
The good news? As of early Wednesday morning, there were no outages in Summit County.