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Second day into the arctic plunge: What to expect and how soon these ridiculous temps will go away

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 11:37:05-05

CLEVELAND — A second day of subzero temperatures arriving in Northeast Ohio has brought another round of school closings, business closings and terrible conditions for outside workers such as those working to remove sheets of ice after a water main break turned a portion of West 14th Street into a river and an ice rink.

Here's everything you need to know for the day ahead.


Temps holding below zero all day long with wind chills 20 to 35 degrees BELOW zero! Make sure everything is covered if you're heading out. Try to limit your time outside also. Frostbite can set in in 10-15 minutes.

There is relief in sight with temperatures going above zero later on Thursday, and staying there for at least a week. If you need something to look forward to, highs are expected to be near 40 degrees on Saturday and climbing!

More detailed forecast here.

Water main break turns streets into rivers and sheets of ice

A large water main break Wednesday night in Tremont has closed West 14th Street and Clark Avenue after water turned into sheets of ice on the road. Streets and highways are impacted. Find closures here.

Wind Chill Warning

A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for Northeast Ohioas brutal temperatures start to move into the area. The Wind Chill Warning is in effect until 4 p.m. on Thursday, meaning a combination of very cold air and wind will create dangerously low wind chill values.

School closings

More than 300 schools and organizations are closed as wind chills dip below -15 degrees and dropping. Find the full list here.

Things you should do for delivery drivers in the cold

When people can’t go out, they order in. Delivery drivers are asking that if it is snowing, that you dig out a path for them, and be ready when they get there, so they don’t have to stand out in the cold. More on this story.

How to prevent frostbite

As you head outside, it's important to dress properly because frostbite can kick in anywhere between 10-15 minutes. Using thermal imaging, spokesperson for the Parma Fire Department TJ Martin shows just how quickly heat can escape your body if not properly dressed. More info on how to prevent frostbite here.

Allergic to the cold?

Yep, it's a real thing. Mike Brookbank learned more.

Where's the warmest spot in Cleveland?

Homa Bash found the warmest spot in Cleveland right now - find out where it is here.

What was the sound?

Did you hear a loud boom or bang today? It may have been a "frost quake." Learn more about them here.

Tip for pet owners

Don't forget about your furry friends! Here's some tips that will keep your pet happy and healthy.

Tips for home owners

You're probably wondering what to do to keep your home safe during these freezing temperatures. Here are some tips .

Tips for drivers

Whether you need a survival kit or windshield wiper fluid, we have some tips that can help you during the cold weather.

Warming Shelters

Warming centers and shelters are opening for those looking to escape the cold. View a list of warming shelters across our area here.

Winter Weather Guide

Read the Power of 5 Weather Team's Winter Weather Guidefor more tips and advice for surviving the cold. It includes this Wind Chill Chart from the National Weather Service, which gives a good idea of how soon frostbite may set in on exposed skin.

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