Winter weather prompts road bans in northern Ohio

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) -- Several northern Ohio counties have banned all non-emergency driving as the latest winter blast closes some schools and dumps more snow and ice on residents weary of this weather.

The snowfall was expected to taper off Tuesday as warming temperatures and the possibility of rain later this week threaten a new round of problems with potential flooding. Temperatures are forecast near 50 degrees by Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the combination of melting snow and more rain could cause significant flooding in some places.

This has been one of Ohio's coldest, snowiest winters in years. All that snow and ice has left some local governments short on road salt.

Many schools have used up their allotted snow days and may have to make up classes.

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