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    Record low temperatures followed by weekend snow

    Record low temperatures followed by weekend snow

    Thursday, February 27 2014 10:59 PM EST2014-02-28 03:59:29 GMT
    The thermometer will drop to -10 to -15 degrees Thursday night, with wind chills as low as -20 under clear skies. Partly sunny tomorrow, very chilly, highs in the mid teens. Three "waves" of snow
    The thermometer will drop to -10 to -15 degrees overnight, with wind chills as low as -20 under clear skies. Three "waves" of snow on the way for the weekend.
  • Stores struggle to keep rock salt in stock

    Stores struggle to keep rock salt in stock

    A much needed ingredient for dealing with all of the winter weather is running low. Judging by the salt supply today, we mean really low.
  • Doctors treat patients for weather-related falls

    Doctors treat patients for weather-related falls

    Doctors have been treating many weather-related injuries after the snow and ice last week, and additional health problems are a concern even after the snow melts.
  • Deep freeze thaws, leaving potholes behind

    Deep freeze thaws, leaving potholes behind

    Monday, January 13 2014 2:40 PM EST2014-01-13 19:40:44 GMT
    After the deep freeze last week, Northwest Ohio is thawing out, a process that's taking a toll on area roads. One pot hole on Detroit near Bancroft caused seven cars to blow tires on Monday morning alone! The
    After the deep freeze last week, Northwest Ohio is thawing out, a process that's taking a toll on area roads.
  • This is Home! - January 10, 2014

    This is Home! - January 10, 2014

  • Owners rethink home heating after arctic blast

    Owners rethink home heating after arctic blast

    The frigid temperatures of the past week have a lot of people rethinking their home heating strategy, specifically home insulation. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch joins us with a look at what you need to keep warm.
  • TPS students return to school after extended break

    TPS students return to school after extended break

    13abc's Kristian Brown spoke with some TPS students and parents about their lengthy holiday break. The reaction to going back to school was mixed. Some students were suffering from cabin fever, while others were hoping for another snow day.     
  • Random Acts of Cocoa

    Random Acts of Cocoa

    Friday, January 10 2014 2:35 PM EST2014-01-10 19:35:27 GMT
    A local car dealership used the cold weather as a chance to do a few random acts of kindness. Thayer Family Dealerships in Bowling Green posted on their blog that they understood what it's like to work
    A local car dealership used the cold weather as a chance to do a few random acts of kindness. Thayer Family Dealerships in Bowling Green posted on their blog that they understood what it's like to work
  • Extreme weather leaves shelters needing supplies

    Extreme weather leaves shelters needing supplies

    Thursday, January 9 2014 11:42 PM EST2014-01-10 04:42:01 GMT
    Local shelters are in need of replacement supplies after this week's extreme weather brought more people inside.
    Local shelters are in need of replacement supplies after this week's extreme weather brought more people inside.
  • Auto shops swamped after arctic blast

    Auto shops swamped after arctic blast

    Thursday, January 9 2014 10:42 PM EST2014-01-10 03:42:31 GMT
    It's all hands on deck at Hasty's Auto Shop in Toledo.The snow and brutally cold temperatures that have plagued the region are now taking a toll on cars and trucks, and it's bringing in some major business."We
    Local auto shops are seeing an increase in business after all the snow and cold temperatures.
  • Drivers maneuver around potholes

    Drivers maneuver around potholes

    Thursday, January 9 2014 8:15 PM EST2014-01-10 01:15:05 GMT
    It was a problem last month when our area went through a freeze and thaw cycle. Potholes are popping up again and crews are starting to hit the streets.City leaders say complaints started coming in today.
    It was a problem last month when our area went through a freeze and thaw cycle. City workers started filling potholes Thursday. If you see a pothole call 419-936-BUMP.
  • Arctic blast causes pipes to burst at BGSU, Mercy College of Ohio

    Arctic blast causes pipes to burst at BGSU, Mercy College of Ohio

    Thursday, January 9 2014 6:10 PM EST2014-01-09 23:10:32 GMT
    As we thaw out from the arctic blast, the weather is being blamed for major water damage at several schools after pipes continue to burst. Water main breaks are delaying the start of the spring semester
    "We've had some pretty mild winters, but I think you're seeing all over the city the effects of this storm," says Jamie Harter, Vice President of Administrative Services at the Toledo campus of Mercy College of Ohio.
  • TPS weighs impact of snow days

    TPS weighs impact of snow days

    Thursday, January 9 2014 5:16 PM EST2014-01-09 22:16:27 GMT
    When Toledo Public Schools made the call to cancel school around 9pm last night, several other districts followed suit. Dr. Romules Durant says he was concerned about the bus drivers and unplowed side
    When Toledo Public Schools made the call to cancel school around 9pm last night, several other districts followed suit.
  • Toledo Firefighters: Emergencies abound in sub-zero conditions

    Toledo Firefighters: Emergencies abound in sub-zero conditions

    Thursday, January 9 2014 6:54 AM EST2014-01-09 11:54:14 GMT
    During these extreme temperatures, Toledo firefighters are extremely busy. According to the department, Tuesday, Jan. 7th, there were 248 incidents, including four structure fires.
    During these extreme temperatures, Toledo firefighters are extremely busy. According to the department, Tuesday, Jan. 7th, there were 248 incidents, including four structure fires.
  • Emergency crews face challenges in winter weather

    Emergency crews face challenges in winter weather

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 11:02 PM EST2014-01-09 04:02:39 GMT
    It's business as usual at fire stations across Toledo.That's because the emergency runs don't stop when the weather gets ugly."We have to use a lot of caution, especially in neighborhoods," Lt. Matthew
    Snow and bitterly cold temperatures proved to be a challenge for emergency crews.  The Toledo Fire Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol have been working nonstop since the weather took a wintry turn.
  • At least 3 Ohio deaths linked to freezing weather

    At least 3 Ohio deaths linked to freezing weather

    Ohioans are expected to get a break after two days of dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused sporadic power outages, broke water pipes and sent people to hospitals with hypothermia.
    The state says at least three Ohio deaths are linked to dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused power outages and broke water pipes.
  • Storm cost could be tens of millions of dollars

    Storm cost could be tens of millions of dollars

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:14 PM EST2014-01-08 23:14:38 GMT
    This week's second major snowstorm coupled with a record shattering arctic blast has cost Northwest Ohio a lot of money. Businesses were closed for two days and that meant lost hours and lost sales and
    The snowstorm and arctic blast may have cost NWOH tens of millions of dollars in lost wages, revenue and production.
  • Dundee, Bedford schools will remain closed on Thursday due to icy roads

    Dundee, Bedford schools will remain closed on Thursday due to icy roads

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:13 PM EST2014-01-08 23:13:56 GMT
    Parents and kids in Southeast Michigan are waiting to find out if school will be canceled on Thursday for the fourth day this week. That's because many rural roads remain slick or snow-covered. As of
    Monroe County roads that have been plowed are still down to one lane and ice-covered in some areas.
  • Cold temperatures causes pipe burst at Toledo library

    Cold temperatures causes pipe burst at Toledo library

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:43 PM EST2014-01-08 22:43:18 GMT
    The Toledo Library's Heatherdowns branch is expected to be closed for several days. Crews are cleaning up after the frigid temperatures caused a pipe to burst inside the facility. Library officials say
    The Toledo Library's Heatherdowns branch is expected to be closed for several days after a pipe in the building's sprinkler system burst.
  • Arctic blast burns up school calamity days

    Arctic blast burns up school calamity days

    Students in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan got an unexpected extended holiday break. Most schools used three calamity days this week alone because of the arctic blast.
  • TPS getting busses ready to head back to school

    TPS getting busses ready to head back to school

    After an extended winter break, Thursday could be the first day back to school for students. After days of subzero temperatures, getting the busses to start might be the biggest challenge. 13abc's Christina Williams stopped by the Toledo Public Schools garage as they prepped for morning pickups.
  • Arctic Blast Update

    Arctic Blast Update

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 3:00 PM EST2014-01-08 20:00:42 GMT
    We didn't break the all-time record low for Toledo (-20 on 1/21/1984), but we did break two daily record low temperatures the past two days.  We hit -15 late Monday evening, breaking the old low of -14
    Rising temperatures tonight with wind chills in the -5 to -15 range.
  • Red Cross deploys warming shelters

    Red Cross deploys warming shelters

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 12:24 PM EST2014-01-08 17:24:20 GMT
    The volunteer staff of the American Red Cross set up disaster relief warming shelters before the coldest weather in 20 years set in. While their three locations are spread throughout Toledo, they share
    The American Red Cross opens three warming stations around Toledo, amidst the Arctic cold.
  • Monroe Co. asks people to stay off roads through Wed. morning

    Monroe Co. asks people to stay off roads through Wed. morning

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 10:39 PM EST2014-01-08 03:39:49 GMT
    The Monroe County Emergency Management Division released this statement: "Due to the continued weather alert and road conditions, the motoring public is asked to stay off Monroe County roads until 7:00
    Due to the continued weather alert and road conditions, the motoring public is asked to stay off Monroe County roads until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
  • I-Team answers some of your Arctic Blast questions

    I-Team answers some of your Arctic Blast questions

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:36 PM EST2014-01-07 23:36:06 GMT
    The 13abc I-Team has received several questions throughout the storm about what kinds of things people can and cannot do.  Here are some of the answers we've found to viewer questions.   What about mail
    Despite what people may think, an employer can ask you to come to work in a Level 3 snow emergency. 
  • Postal workers brave the cold

    Postal workers brave the cold

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:14 PM EST2014-01-07 23:14:50 GMT
    The snow and sub-zero temperatures are causing some problems for mail carriers around our area. This is more than a story about how they cope in the weather. The mail carrier 13abc talked says while you
    The U.S. Postal Service wants to assure customers that every attempt is being made to deliver critical mail such as medicine and other essential items along with regular mail.
  • Many rural roads remain "sheets of ice"

    Many rural roads remain "sheets of ice"

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:10 PM EST2014-01-07 23:10:27 GMT
    The freezing, windy weather continues to make many rural roads icy and dangerous, hindering any salting efforts by the plows. 13abc's Christine Long is on the move for us Tuesday evening. She's live
    The freezing, windy weather continues to make many country roads icy and dangerous, hindering any salting efforts by the plows.
  • Roads "dangerous, unsafe" says sheriff

    Roads "dangerous, unsafe" says sheriff

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:04 PM EST2014-01-07 23:04:10 GMT
    Lucas County will remain under a Level Three snow emergency until at least midnight, Tuesday. Sheriff John Tharp says the roads are dangerous and he must protect public safety. Normally, downtown streets
    Roads in Lucas County are considered dangerous and unsafe by the sheriff so he has imposed a Level Three snow emergency until at least midnight.
  • Another round of school closures due to arctic blast

    Another round of school closures due to arctic blast

    Some superintendents took to social media Tuesday to explain why they made the decision to close school for another day Wednesday.
  • Travelers stranded in Toledo

    Travelers stranded in Toledo

    The weather is proving challenging for travelers. If you are trying to get in or out of the Toledo area, you may find yourself waiting for a few days.
  • Blade Briefing: City of Toledo snow response

    Blade Briefing: City of Toledo snow response

    Lucas County will be under a Level 3 Snow Emergency through at least midnight Tuesday. Ignazio Messina of The Toledo Blade joins us to talk about the City of Toledo's response to the arctic blast.
  • Flu cases spike during deep freeze

    Flu cases spike during deep freeze

    In addition to the bitter cold, another unwelcome part of winter, the flu bug, is hitting our area hard. There has been a sharp spike in flu cases in the area, with almost 40 confirmed cases in 10 days.
  • Warming shelters play vital role during deadly cold snap

    Warming shelters play vital role during deadly cold snap

    When it's 15 degrees below zero, many heaters can't keep up, and homes are left frigid. Even worse, some are stuck out in the cold with nowhere to go. 13abc Meteorologist Ben Cathey visited three Red Cross shelters helping our less fortunate neighbors stay safe in the deadly cold.
  • Subzero temps complicate work for firefighters

    Subzero temps complicate work for firefighters

    Firefighters have been forced to brave the sub-zero temperatures over the past days. Several departments near Swanton responded to a house fire Friday morning, and the negative double digit temperatures made fighting the blaze all the more difficult.
  • Extreme cold plagues travel on Michigan roadways

    Extreme cold plagues travel on Michigan roadways

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 3:56 PM EST2014-01-07 20:56:47 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say icy, snowy conditions continue to plague Michigan highways and roadways.    Sections of Interstate 94 in and around Detroit were closed Tuesday because of crashes, including
    Authorities say icy, snowy conditions continue to plague Michigan highways and roadways.
  • Frostbite & hypothermia prevention

    Frostbite & hypothermia prevention

    Monday, January 6 2014 11:38 PM EST2014-01-07 04:38:12 GMT
    Doctors warn against spending long periods of time outside while temperatures stay in the single digits or below.
    Doctors warn against spending long periods of time outside while temperatures stay in the single digits or below.
  • Toledo (OH) Snow Emergency Definitions

    Toledo (OH) Snow Emergency Definitions

    Monday, January 6 2014 8:00 PM EST2014-01-07 01:00:09 GMT
    LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads
    When you hear that a county is under a snow emergency, we want you to know what that means.
  • Mayor Collins looks ahead to big melt

    Mayor Collins looks ahead to big melt

    Monday, January 6 2014 6:36 PM EST2014-01-06 23:36:01 GMT
    Toledo crews have been busy digging out, but new mayor D. Michael Collins is looking ahead to the big melt. "How do we handle the melt.? And that's going to be something I'm going to be bringing you tomorrow
    Toledo crews have been busy digging out, but new mayor D. Michael Collins is looking ahead to the big melt.
  • Plow drivers calling this a storm for the ages

    Plow drivers calling this a storm for the ages

    Monday, January 6 2014 6:29 PM EST2014-01-06 23:29:34 GMT
    A common sight around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan over the past week has been snow plows.  Even some of the most experienced drivers say this is one of the more challenging storms they've seen
    Snow plow drivers are calling it a storm for the ages. Many have been working non-stop.
  • Wood Co. snow emergency controversy

    Wood Co. snow emergency controversy

    Monday, January 6 2014 6:21 PM EST2014-01-06 23:21:54 GMT
    Bowling Green, OH - Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is under fire for waiting until 7 a.m. on Monday to make the call to go to a Level 3 snow emergency. Plus, he's facing criticism for comments he
    Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is under fire for how long he waited to issue a Level 3 snow emergency. He's also facing criticism for telling 13abc Sunday night, "I think some people want a day off."
  • Restaurant offers special blizzard menu

    Restaurant offers special blizzard menu

    Monday, January 6 2014 5:47 PM EST2014-01-06 22:47:51 GMT
    The severe weather forced hundreds of businesses to close on Monday, but the Bob Evans on SR 25 in Perrysburg was open, offering what it called a "blizzard menu."The customers could choose from a limited
    The severe weather forced hundreds of businesses to close on Monday, but the Bob Evans on SR 25 in Perrysburg was open, offering what it called a "blizzard menu."
  • 90-year-old woman dies in snow

    90-year-old woman dies in snow

    Monday, January 6 2014 5:45 PM EST2014-01-06 22:45:10 GMT
    A 90-year old woman was found dead in the snow around 9:30 this morning after her car got stuck. Officers found the woman near her home at the Wauseon Senior Villas. It's  at 700 Wauseon Senior Village
    A 90-year old woman was found dead in the snow around 9:30 this morning.
  • Snowplows frustrate shovelers

    Snowplows frustrate shovelers

    Monday, January 6 2014 5:33 PM EST2014-01-06 22:33:23 GMT
    People spent all day, Sunday, trying to stay ahead of the snow by clearing their sidewalks and driveways. But some Toledo residents believe they wasted their time because their hard work was quickly plowed
    Toledo residents who shoveled their sidewalks were upset when snowplows pushed the snow back onto their clear pathways.
  • Trash pick up delayed by weather

    Trash pick up delayed by weather

    Monday, January 6 2014 4:55 PM EST2014-01-06 21:55:06 GMT
    Communities served by Republic Services for their trash pick-up and recycling will experience a one-day delay in trash pick up for the rest of the week due to the severe weather. A spokesperson says it
     Republic Services canceled trash pick-up for Monday and delayed pick-ups by one day for the rest of the week due to the severe weather.
  • ODOT works round-the-clock to keep roads clear

    ODOT works round-the-clock to keep roads clear

    Monday, January 6 2014 4:24 PM EST2014-01-06 21:24:10 GMT
    The Ohio Department of Transportation says its employees are working hard to keep the roads in Northwest Ohio clear.More than 100 plow trucks are on the road and crews have worked 12-hour shifts for seven
    The Ohio Department of Transportation says its employees are working hard to keep the roads in Northwest Ohio clear.
  • Snow totals top a foot

    Snow totals top a foot

    Monday, January 6 2014 1:08 PM EST2014-01-06 18:08:29 GMT
    Here is a look at snow totals from our most recent snowstorm. It had all of the ingredients of a blizzard with heavy snow, visibilities under 1/4 a mile, and winds over 35mph, but the ingredients didn't
    Heaviest snow occurred along and west of I-75.
  • 'Polar vortex' pushes subzero temps into Midwest

    'Polar vortex' pushes subzero temps into Midwest

    Monday, January 6 2014 9:31 AM EST2014-01-06 14:31:02 GMT
    CHICAGO (AP) - A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records
    A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
  • Doctors warn parents to keep kids inside during deep freeze

    Doctors warn parents to keep kids inside during deep freeze

    Sunday, January 5 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-01-06 04:27:11 GMT
    Doctors are warning folks to stay inside on Monday. The possible record sub-zero temperatures put everyone, especially kids, at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. It's a one-two punch and parents are
    Bitter cold weather  can be a threat to kids. "It's very dangerous," says Dr. Ashley Kanjira at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. "They should stay indoors at all times if possible."
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  • Coast Guard warns weekend boaters

    Coast Guard warns weekend boaters

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:21:35 GMT
    The Coast Guard is warning boaters that despite the warmer weather, Lake Erie is still very cold. There is still some ice in eastern Lake Erie with a water temperature of 32 degrees. The water temperature
    Water temperatures are still very cold despite warmer weather.
  • Warmer temps impact local crops

    Warmer temps impact local crops

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:04 GMT
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."Scott Heckathorn and his team are racing to find answers for how plants react to heat.  He's watched them adapt over
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."
  • Toledo sets another record low

    Toledo sets another record low

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:31:35 GMT
    This morning's low temperature fell to 19 degrees which broke another record low. The old record was set 139 years ago when the temperature fell to 20 degrees. While today is the first time this month
    Old record was set in 1875.
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  • Bodies of 2 boaters recovered; 2 still missing

    Bodies of 2 boaters recovered; 2 still missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:05:29 GMT
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boat with at least three people on board.Officials say they received a report of a 21-foot bath boat that hadn't returned when it was expected.They say the boaters
    The search continues by air and water for two boaters who are still missing in Lake Erie.  The US Coast Guard found two women dead in the water this afternoon. The search for two men who were with them is ongoing.
  • 68 graduate from the Toledo Police Academy

    68 graduate from the Toledo Police Academy

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:07:37 GMT
    The road to graduation isn't easy, but 68 men and women made it to the finish line.They're no officially members of the Toledo Police Department."I'm very excited, very happy to make it to this day," Ben-Jiang
    68 men and women graduate from the Toledo Police Academy.
  • Virus killing piglets in Ohio and Michigan

    Virus killing baby pigs in Ohio and Michigan

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:24:33 GMT
    The cold winter we just came through helped fuel a virus in pigs. It's threatening pork production and pushing up prices. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PEDV has killed thousands of piglets across
    The cold winter we just came through helped fuel a virus in pigs. It's threatening pork production and pushing up prices. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PEDV has killed thousands of piglets.
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