Winter-weary Ohioans braced themselves Tuesday for what could be their biggest snowstorm of the season so far.
Forecasters said most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time the worst is over, most likely this morning. The heaviest snowfall was expected between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. today -- meaning the morning rush hour likely will be a mess.
A winter storm warning was issued for nearly all of the state, with heavy, blowing snow overnight expected to make driving hazardous. The storm warning for the Portage County area is in effect until 5 p.m. today.
The Portage County Board of Elections decided Tuesday that its office at 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, will be open today regardless of the weather. Today is the deadline for the May 6 primary election and all candidate and issue filings are due by 4 p.m.
In anticipation of the storm, Ravenna and Mogadore issued snow parking bans.
In Ravenna, parking is banned on all residential streets and the central business district downtown through 8 a.m. Thursday. This allows adequate time for snow removal and cleanup.
In Mogadore, parking is banned on all village streets until 6 p.m. Thursday. Officials said failure to remove vehicles will result in a parking citation being issued and removal of the vehicle.
FirstEnergy is reminding customers to call 888-544-4877 to report any outages or click the "Report Outage" link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers also can utilize a new free smartphone app to report outages and access information and services related to their electric accounts.
The app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
Ohio has had a string of blizzards and frigid temperatures, beginning in early December.
Consequently, some counties have a shortage of road salt. Geauga County, in northeast Ohio, planned to use cinders to combat Tuesday's approaching storm, while the county awaited another shipment of salt.
In Columbus, the city's "snow warriors" treated hundreds of miles of roadway with a brine solution to help keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.
Weather forecasters said the entire Midwest and Northeast would be affected by the storm, following Monday's snows that dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to parts of southeastern Ohio, closing schools, government offices and the Ohio University campus; dropped 8 inches on New York City, 3 to 9 inches on the Philadelphia area and up to 9 inches on central New Jersey.
Kansas and Missouri were expected to get the heaviest accumulations from the next round. But Boston could get up to 9 inches and New York 7 inches, followed by rain, freezing rain and sleet.