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Bitter cold on the way

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Mother Nature continues to wallop the Firelands area with every weapon in her arsenal.

Just a couple weeks removed from a powerful polar vortex and only a few days after 8 inches of snow fell in a few hours, the deep freeze has returned.

This winter has dished out record-low temperatures, lots of snow, some rain and enough freezing and thawing to keep every road crew in the county busy patching pot holes.

Four local schools — Norwalk, St. Paul, Edison and Monroeville — are closed today.

Wednesday will feature a high of 14 and low of 11.

Thursday's high temperature will climb to 15 degrees and then plummet to minus-5 degrees.

The low Sunday is predicted to be minus-4, while Monday's low is set for minus-3.

Presently, there isn't a lot of snow forecast for the next week, but local residents know that can change in a minute as they witnessed Friday.

The polar vortex, which crept into the U.S. on Jan. 6, provided a record-low temperature of minus-13 in Norwalk, eclipsing the former mark of minus-10 set in 1924. The polar vortex brought with it as a bonus Arctic winds, causing wind chills to reach as cold as minus-40 on Jan. 6 and 7.

Norwalk's low was minus-12 on Jan. 7.

Meteorologists are talking "polar vortex" this week, but that doesn't make it any warmer. Some forecasters traditionally call this third week of January in northern Ohio "the coldest week of the year."

This latest cold snap is courtesy of an Alberta Clipper, dropping through the Dakotas and Ohio Valley.

Portions of the East Coast, especially in the mid-Atlantic area, could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow.

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