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LIVE UPDATES: Winter storm brings heavy, widespread snow

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Posted at 6:35 AM, Jan 17, 2022

CLEVELAND — An overnight winter storm dumped heavy snow across most of Northeast Ohio, especially the eastern half, with some areas receiving one or two feet of snow.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson provides an update on the winter storm below:

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties will continue to see scattered Lake Effect snow into Monday evening. Where these snow bands persist, expect another 2 to 6 inches of snow.

RTA out of commission as of Monday afternoon

An RTA bus was stuck near Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street. It has since been moved.

RTA bus stuck on east 9th and Euclid

RTA said it continues working to get service restored to all lines and to get city streets cleared. The Tower City Customer Service and Main offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Laketran services suspended

Laketran suspended all local route and Park-n-Ride services due to the weather and road conditions in Lake County Monday.

Riders in need of the Dial-a-Ride bus service to get home can call Laketran Customer Service Department at 440-354-6100.

Snowfall totals
The National Weather Service released unofficial snowfall totals for Northeast Ohio earlier this morning. In this initial report, South Madison received the most, with 20 inches recorded by a trained spotter.

Click here for the full list.

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Heavy snow closes businesses and COVID-19 testing site
Businesses, parks and institutions announced closures on Martin Luther King Jr. Day due to major snowfall and winter weather. The opening of the Walker Cleveland Community COVID-19 testing center at the W.O. Walker Building garage was delayed and then canceled.

Click here to view the full list of education centers that are closed today.

Road conditions

If you don’t have to travel outside Monday, don’t. Our photojournalists witnessed multiple cars stranded in Downtown Cleveland.

At the corner of East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland police officers helped push several cars that were stuck in the middle of the road.

Emergency parking bans

Cities across Northeast Ohio have issued snow emergency parking bans Sunday for heavy snowfall Monday. Click here to see the full list.

Snow emergencies continue
Summit County has issued a level one snow emergency Monday after overnight snowfall continues to impact the roads across the area.

Snow Emergency classifications, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Warnings and Advisories

Many winter weather alerts have been issued across NE Ohio.

Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Ashtabula County from 7pm Sunday - 1 am Tuesday. 10-12+" of snow could fall with winter storm Sunday night and additional lake effect snow Monday.

Winter Storm Warning in effect for Lake and Geauga counties from 7 pm Sunday - 1 am Tuesday. 6-10'' of snow could fall in that area.

Winter Storm Warning in effect for Portage and Stark counties from 7 pm Sunday - 10 am Monday. 6-10'' of snow is also possible is this area.

Winter Storm Warning for Trumbull & Mahoning counties from Sunday 7pm until Monday 1 pm where 8-12" of snow could come down during that time.

Winter Storm Warning for Tuscarawas, Carroll and Coshocton counties from 1pm Sunday until 1pm Monday. 6-10" of snow is possible in these counties which will create difficult, hazardous travel.

Winter Storm Warning in place for Cuyahoga from 7 pm - 4 pm Monday with 4-8'' of snow possible near Cleveland.

Winter Storm Warning is in place for Summit County until 10 am Monday for .

Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Lorain, Ashland, Medina, Holmes Richland & Ashland Counties until 7 am Monday where 2-5" are possible.

Trash services
Some cities are delaying their scheduled trash pickups by a day due to the weather conditions.

In North Royalton, Rumpke is delaying the pick up by one day all week with recycling and trash pick up resuming Tuesday.

Rumpke's delays span across the Cleveland region, the company announced. It will operate services on Saturday to catch up after the delays.

In Westlake, trash collection was canceled for Monday and will operate on a one-day delay.

The Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center is closed Monday due to the weather and will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Because of Monday's closure, the landfill will also be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

Trash pick up in Orange Village has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Residents are required to make sure their bins are easily accessible and not buried in snow.

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