Frigid temperatures bear down on Ohio in wake of snowfall

CINCINNATI (AP) — A blast of arctic air surging into Ohio was expected to put an added burden on homeless shelters and led one sheriff to open up a jail lobby as a warming center for temporary relief from the cold.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Tuesday that the county jail's lobby in Hamilton north of Cincinnati will stay open for temporary shelter while temperatures remain below zero. He said allowing people to "warm up" there will hopefully ease overcrowding expected at traditional shelters.

Plummeting temperatures were following the weather system that brought 3 to 5 inches of snowfall to parts of Ohio Monday night into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says temperatures were expected to reach single digits with wind chills below zero in most of Ohio overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.