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Ohioans bracing for snow, falling temperatures

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After being teased with a day of spring-like temperatures, Ohioans were enduring another nasty blast of winter.

Votes expected on Ohio 'snow day' bill

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to approve an Ohio legislative compromise that would give school districts four extra calamity days because of this winter's extreme weather.

 

Floor votes in the House and Senate were expected Wednesday on the measure, which gives districts the extra days if they've exhausted their five allotted calamity days. They could use the additional days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as on holidays or during vacations.

 

The measure also allows districts to continue to make up missed days through 30-minute increments tacked onto regularly scheduled school days. They also have the option of using work-at-home "blizzard bags" and online lessons.

 

Republican Gov. John Kasich backed adding extra snow days and is expected to sign the bill.

A winter storm warning was in effect Wednesday for much of northern Ohio, where 4 to 8 inches of snow are expected. In central Ohio, it'll be a mix of rain, sleet and snow, while southern Ohio will see lots of rain.

Snow emergencies were declared in some northwest Ohio counties Wednesday morning as heavy snow closed many schools and the University of Toledo.

Snow accumulation in central Ohio should be 1 to 3 inches as temperatures drop sharply throughout the day, settling into the 20s.

The storm comes on the heels of a pleasant day Tuesday that saw temperatures in the 60s in many areas of the state.

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