Snow blankets Ohio closing schools and slowing travel

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While most of the winter months have been snow free with warmer temperatures, March has been cold and now snowy too. Most of Ohio dealt with a one-two-punch storm late Monday night through early Wednesday.

The first wave of snow was associated with a low pressure system that tracked through the Ohio Valley and then eventually transferred all the moisture to an east coast low. These storms can be tricky for parts of Ohio because how quick the low transfers to the east coast can determine how much snow Ohio can get. A slower transfer means more snow and a quicker transfer means less snow.

Snow began around sundown Monday and continued into early Tuesday.

Most areas of northern Ohio saw anywhere from 2-4 inches with this system while southern Ohio only saw an inch or two. The snow slowed travel for Tuesday morning and caused hundreds of schools to close across the state. With temperatures in the 20s and strong winds blowing, road crews struggled to keep the roads clear.

Lake enhanced snow continued through the day on Tuesday adding several additional inches to parts of northeastern Ohio. The lake effect was spotty and very scattered before the winds began to align.

Once the winds aligned, a heavy lake effect snow band setup over parts of northeastern Ohio and the band extended to connect to Lake Hurron. The band stretched along the Geauga and Cuyahoga County border from Wickliffe to Ravenna dumping heavy snow. This band eventually moved east into the snow belt.

Totals across the area varied as the wind blew a lot of the snow around making it tough to be measured. Some people felt the storm was a bust, but the snowfall forecasts that were put out were for a 24 to 36 hour period and many people thought all the snow was coming at one time. It was very spread out over a period of time and amounts varied from backyard to backyard.

The highest total came from Ashtabula County, where 17.1 inches fell in Roaming Shores. Below are several other select snowfall totals:

Jefferson 12.5
Seven Hills 7.2
Chardon 13.0
Wadsworth 6.5
Kent 10.2
Jackson Twp. 4.8
Cuyahoga Falls 7.6
Akron/Canton Airport 6.5
Warren 8.5
Wooster 2.3

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