Temperature highs for the area are staying within the single digits, and with factors, such as wind chill, temperatures are plummeting into negative double digits, reaching as low as -25 degrees.
The City of Stow has opened a temporary Warming Center for Stow residents who have no where else to go or whose heat is malfunctioning.
According to a press release, the Warming Center is in the Community Room at the Stow Safety Building, which is located at 3800 Darrow Road. People will be able to visit the center now through Feb. 21 at noon. One may contact the City of Stow at 330.689.2700 for more information regarding the Warming Center.
According to Stow’s local news station, 19 Action News, weather conditions should return to normal ranges by Saturday.
The school district called a calamity day for today, Thurs. Feb. 19, as well as many other districts in the vicinity. During a call on Wed., Feb. 18, Superintendent Thomas Bratten told families to “make contingency plans” for a possible school closure on Fri., Feb. 20.
On Thurs., Feb. 19, a call went out, informing students and their families of school cancellation for Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Summit County, which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. A wind chill warning will remain in effect from 8 tonight to noon on Fri., Feb. 20. According to The Weather Channel, wind chills will reach as low as 25 to 30 below, with temperatures at 16 below overnight. Wind gusts may reach up to 25 mph.
These temperatures create a dangerous environment for exposed skin. The National Weather Service advises people to dress warm and avoid long exposure to the cold as the low temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite.