An early-morning snowstorm today forced schools across the region, government offices, and businesses to shut down as forecasters predicted high winds and rapid snowfall throughout the day.
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office declared a Level 3 snow emergency beginning at 7 a.m. today, meaning roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. Employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.
The University of Toledo canceled classes, and the City of Toledo said only essential services would remain open. Hollywood Casino Toledo also shut down until the Level 3 emergency is lifted.
Snow started falling during the morning rush hour, and claps of thunder could be heard. This was after earlier rain and freezing rain overnight.
At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service recorded 2 inches of snow at the Toledo Express Airport. The weather service predicted the total of 6-8 inches of snow by 8 a.m. Thursday, with winds causing blowing and drifting. The winter storm warning is scheduled to expire at 8 p.m. today.
Area law enforcement agencies reported no serious crashes, with a few slide-offs, mainly in Wood, Fulton, Defiance, and Sandusky counties.
In Perrysburg, a weather-related crash involving a dump truck and two cars closed the ramp from northbound I-75 to I-475 shortly before 9 a.m., according to Perrysburg police. There were no injuries.
The I-280 South exit ramp on I-75 South was blocked at about 8:50 a.m. today by a semi rig with a double trailer that apparently jackknifed across the exit ramp. No injuries have been reported.
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