A powerful winter storm is making its way through northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan Sunday, bringing with it extremely cold and dangerous temperatures.
Sunday's weather has forced many cancellations and snow emergencies to be declared across the area. Several counties are under a Level 1 snow emergency, including Erie, Fulton, Lucas, and Ottawa counties.
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Lucas County will issue a Level 3 snow emergency as of 5:30 p.m. This means that as of that time, only emergency vehicles will be allowed on roadways within the county. All other motorists are subject to arrest. The decision to issue the highest level was made by Mayor D. Michael Collins at a meeting of Streets, Bridges, and Harbors Sunday. READ MORE
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of the viewiing area through Suday night. Travel conditions will be treacherous with the heaviest snow falling Sunday afternoon into evening. Snow should taper off in the early Monday morning hours. Blowing and drifting will become a problem into Monday, along with dangerous cold.
Temperatures will below zero by Monday afternoon. The mercury may stay below zero until Wednesday, with wind chills falling to anywhere from -20 to -40.
In these conditions, frost bite can take hold within just minutes, so limit your time outdoors, and cover as much skin as you can if you must head out. You should also limit the time outdoors for your pets, as the cold will impact them as well. Due to the dangerous cold, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning starting Monday morning and lasting until Wednesday for our area.