National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement for most of the area ahead of an expected heavy snowfall.
Up to 6 inches of snow was expected to fall in this area, which includes Stark, Wayne and Holmes counties Friday and Saturday, the weather service said on its website at www.erh.noaa.gov.
"An area of low pressure will move up the Ohio Valley Friday night and Saturday. Snow associated with this low will spread across the area Friday night," the weather service said. "At this time, it appears that 4 to 6 inches of snow is likely across most of the area."
The temperature was expected to reach a high of 28 degrees on Friday with an 80 percent chance of snow falling Friday night, the weather service said. The temperature Saturday was expected to reach 32 degrees during which the chance of snowfall was listed at 100 percent.
The forecast Thursday, however, included no snow.
The temperature was expected to reach 18 degrees during the day before falling to an overnight low into Friday morning at 13 degrees.
The temperature Thursday morning had dropped to 9 degrees with a wind-chill temperature recorded at 4 degrees below zero just before 8 a.m., according to the weather service's website.
But that's not the coldest it's gotten in this area.
In 1962, the temperature at the Akron Canton Airport on Dec. 12 was minus 5 degrees, the weather service records show. (In 1899 it was 62 degrees.)
At 9 a.m. Thursday, the temperature at the airport was 10 degrees under partly cloudy skies with winds out of the west at 7 mph and a resulting wind-chill making the air feel more like minus 1, the weather service said.
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