Several central Ohio school districts, including Columbus Public and Columbus Catholic schools, have canceled Friday classes in the wake of a winter storm that has coated the area in 3 to 5 inches of snow. Districts that will be closed on Friday include Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Hamilton Local, Hilliard, Licking Valley, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Westerville.
Other school districts announced a 2-hour delay to the start of Friday classes, including Buckeye Valley, Delaware, Groveport-Madison, Marysville, Newark and Upper Arlington.
Many central Ohio counties are under a Level One snow emergency tonight as the storm continues to make travel conditions hazardous.
Light snow through the day turned heavier in the late afternoon, causing accidents and rush-hour traffic jams on area roads and highways. Some schools released students early, and many evening activities were canceled around the region.
Winter weather advisories have been issued for Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Madison and Union counties until 9 a.m. Friday. Total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are predicted for the area during that time.
Temperatures overnight will drop to 10 degrees.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington says that gusty winds will replace the snow on Friday, with wind chill making the temperature feel as low as 10 below in some areas. The high will be 15 degrees.
The storm also has been disrupting air travel. Port Columbus was reporting “moderate” delays as of late afternoon, with a number of flights running late and a handful canceled.
In Cincinnati, about 120 flights were canceled to and from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport today due to weather locally and in other cities.