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Lucas County's Snow Emergency is to be reduced from Level Three to Level Two at 5:00pm Wednesday.

Meantime, travel remained hazardous throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Wednesday afternoon.  At mid-afternoon, the Ohio turnpike was closed between State Road 53 and State Road 4 near Fremont due to numerous accidents.  U.S. 24 between Toledo and the Indiana state line remained closed in places because of accidents.  Heavy snow from a late-winter storm continued to blanket the Toledo region Wednesday.  Hundreds of schools and businesses surrendered as law enforcement agencies declared snow emergencies. 

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp declared a Level Three snow emergency (emergency traffic only) which began early in the day and continued as of mid-afternoon.  Sheriff Tharp told 13abc he made the decision for safety because "I don't want to get people killed."  Sheriff Tharp told 13abc Action he continues to monitor the roads carefully. 

Other counties also declared snow emergencies including Defiance (level three), Fulton (level three), Henry (Level three), Williams (level three) and Wood County (level two as of 5:00pm).  The City of Bowling Green declared a snow emergency meaning all vehicles must be removed from city streets.  A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect for the entire region through the evening hours for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

A winter mix turned to wet snow before sunrise Wednesday with predictions of up to eight inches of total snowfall.  Several inches fell in spots.  Snow began to taper off at mid-afternoon.  The totals were adding to an already record-breaking amount of snow in Toledo.

High winds knocked over a power line in Monroe County.  The lines were causing sparks along Almyra Avenue at Third Street.

Toledo and most major school systems were closed for the day.  The cancellation of classes marked the thirteenth time this season that Toledo schools were closed.  The Franklin Park Mall remained closed during the level three snow emergency and hundreds of other offices and businesses closed for the day.  This morning, Meteorologist Ben Cathey said that he was experiencing near whiteout conditions in Oregon near Lake Erie.  Snow was blowing sideways during his live reports.  Other 13abc journalists reported the snow had accumulating quickly. 

Earlier, there were accidents reported along I-75 at the I-475 split in Perrysburg.  Traffic was reported moving slowly along I-75 near Perrysburg and a semi rolled over in Fulton County.  A TARTA bus was involved in an accident near Swan Creek not far from Glendale Parkway but no injuries were reported.

The University of Toledo cancelled classes and the Toledo Lucas County Library closed all locations on Wednesday and the Toledo Museum of Art closed due to the snow.    ODOT spokesperson Theresa Pollick says that visibility this morning was limited to about 1/4 mile as about 100 snow plows worked to keep state highways clear.  The main concern remained blowing and drifting snow as strong winds combined with heavy snow to make travel difficult.

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