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  • Here are the latest updates about the severe winter weather moving through Stark County. Updates will be posted as soon as they become available. Or join the conversation on Twitter at #StarkFreeze:
    Midnight - Minus 10 degrees

    At midnight, the temperature at Akron Canton Airport registered 10 degree below zero with a wind chill of minus 36 degrees.
    10 p.m. Minus 10 degrees

    At 10 p.m., the temperature at Akron Canton Airport registered 10 degree below zero with a wind chill of minus 37 degrees.
    8:30 p.m. Minus 7 degrees

    At 8:30 p.m., the temperature at Akron Canton Airport registered 7 degree below zero with a wind chill of minus 33 degrees.
    6 p.m. Mercury dips below zero
    At 6 p.m., the temperature at Akron Canton Airport registered 6 degree below zero with a wind chill of minus 30 degrees.
    6 p.m. Green school board meetings rescheduled
    Due to the closing of the Green Local School District today and Tuesday, the organizational and regular Board of Education meetings have been rescheduled for Wednesday and the location has been changed.
    The organizational meeting will be at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. The location has been changed to the high school, 1474 Boettler Road, due to a previously scheduled City Council meeting.

    4 p.m. Mercury dips below zero
    At 4 p.m., the temperature at Akron Canton Airport registered 1 degree below zero with a wind chill of minus 26 degrees.

    3:45 p.m Meals on Wheels cancels Tuesday service
    Due to the anticipated sub-zero temperatures, Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties will be closed Tuesday, according to a news release from the organization.
    The scheduled meal deliveries will be canceled throughout the Stark and Wayne counties service area.
    Meal delivery is expected to resume on Wednesday.
    3:30 p.m. Canton City, all other Stark schools closed Tuesday

    All Stark County schools will be closed on Tuesday. Just after 2 p.m. Monday, Adrian E. Allison, superintendent of the Canton City School District, made the decision to close all schools Tuesday due to the expected frigid temperatures. Canton City schools was the last district to cancel its classes.
    Allison said the district waited to make its decision due to the unpredictability of Ohio's weather.
    "We wanted to make sure we gave every opportunity for the weather pattern to play out," said Allison, who noted that Canton didn't receive the 2 to 4 inches of snow that had been predicted by Monday afternoon.
    Page 2 of 7 - 3:20 p.m. Canal Fulton Council meeting postponed
    The City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled due to the weather, according to a news release from the city.
    The meeting has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at City Hall, 155 Market St. E.
    3:15 p.m. Library to waive fines

    The library instituted a grace period for returns Monday and Tuesday and was waiving overdue fees for items due those days in case people didn't feel comfortable coming out in the cold, Harbert said.
    3 p.m. Mercury hits zero
    At 3 p.m., the temperature at the Akron Canton Airport was zero, with a wind chill of minus 24 degress, according to the National Weather Service.

    2:45 p.m. County recorder's office closed Tuesday
    The office of Stark County Recorder Rick Campbell will be closed Tuesday due to the weather.
    The office will be open again Wednesday for regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    All County Commissioner related buildings and offices will be open Tuesday. No other county offices had yet reported planned closings, according to County Administrator Brant Luther.
    2:40 p.m. Canton, Massillon Council meetings postponed • Canton City Council's first meeting of the new term and new year will have to wait.
    Due to frigid conditions, council has postponed tonight's meeting until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.
    • The Massillon City Council regular meeting originally scheduled for Monday evening has been postponed due to cold weather.
    The meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Massillon Government and Justice Center, 1 James Duncan Plaza SE.
    2:30 p.m. Courthouse open; some trials postponed
    The Stark County Courthouse was open Monday, but some trials have been postponed due to the cold temperatures gripping the area.
    Marc Warner, court administrator, said it's rare that cases are rescheduled due to the sinking temperature as opposed to heavy snowfall.
    "We just want to limit as much as we can, under the circumstances, ... the number of jurors that we're having come in, trying to be mindful of ... the potential hardship it creates," he said.
    2:15 p.m. Massillon Boys and Girls Club remains open
    Youth basketball practice for both girls and boys was expected to continue as usual Monday night, said Steve Pedro, director of operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon.
    "The heater is on, we can have practice inside," he said Monday. "As long as the roads are fine, we're going to practice tonight."
    Page 3 of 7 - 2 p.m. Health department closes clinic
    Due to extreme cold, the City Health Department is closing all scheduled clinics Tuesday, including the Women, Infant and Children program and the Sexually Transmitted Infection clinic.
    The clinics will resume normally scheduled times on Wednesday.
    1:45 p.m. Mercury continues to plummet
    Temperatures continue to drop as expected with the arrival of frigid temperatures expected to hit minus 14 tonight.
    At 12:51 p.m., the mercury registered 4 degrees, with a 24 mph wind generating a minus 18 degree wind chill, closely matching the National Weather Service forecast so far.
    The temperature peaked at a balmy 45 degrees with light rain at 11:51 p.m. Sunday before diving for the basement over the next 13 hours, according to National Weather Service observations at Akron Canton Airport.
    Tonight, the temperature is expected to hit minus 14, with wind chill values as low as minus 38.
    Little to no snow accumulation is expected.
    Most schools in Stark County are closed today on account of the freezing temperatures, and 24-hour warming centers with warm drinks are already open at the Canton Civic Center at 1101 Market Ave. N and the Salvation Army at 315 6th St. NE in Massillon.
    1 p.m. Temperature dips into single digits
    By 1 p.m., the temperature at the Akron Canton Airport had fallen to 4 degrees with a wind chill of minus 18, according to the National Weather Service.
    12:45 p.m. Communities open warming centers
    Canton has opened several locations as warming centers, according to a news release.
    The Canton Memorial Civic Center, located at 1101 Market Ave. N., opened at noon Monday and will remain open through Wednesday at noon.
    The Edward "Peel" Coleman Southeast Community Center, located at 1400 Sherrick Rd. SE, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
    The Massillon Salvation Army, located at 315 Sixth St. NE, will be open from noon Monday through noon Wednesday.
    Warming centers are also open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the following locations:
    • Goodwill, 408 Ninth St. SW., Canton.
    • Red Cross Community Resource Center, 234 S. Arch Ave., Alliance.
    The city is working with the Red Cross to get sleeping materials for people who need to stay overnight at the Civic Center.
    SARTA will offer shuttles from the southeast community center to the Civic Center.
    12:15 p.m. Schools close, but library stays busy
    Stark County District Libraries expect more people in its buildings because of the school snow days and cold weather, spokeswoman Laurie Fife Harbert said.
    Page 4 of 7 - She said she remembered one day in November when students were out of school, there was a line of parents and children waiting to get into the building before the doors opened at 10 a.m.
    All Bookmobile and Kidmobile stops have been canceled because of the weather but the branches will operate regularly, according to the website.
    The main branch of the library, located at 715 Market Ave. N., plans to open the foyer around 8 a.m. Tuesday for people who need to get out of the cold, Harbert said. Coffee will be served.
    North Canton Public Library had seen fewer patrons Monday morning, which spokeswoman Christina Weyrick attributed to the cold weather. She said the building would remain open for people who need a place to escape frigid temperatures — or parents who want to bring their children.
    "We certainly have things to keep them busy," she said.
    Monday, all public school districts in the county canceled school.
    As of 11:30 a.m., all but Canton City Schools had announced schools would be closed Tuesday, too. Canton City Schools planned to make a decision about Tuesday by 4 p.m. Monday, according to the district's Twitter account.
    Area child care centers on Monday said they had school-aged children at their facilities but that they weren't experiencing unusually high numbers of kids.
    Tammy Majestic, co-director of Little Learners Development Center on 13th Street NW, estimated there were about 20 school-aged kids at the center late Monday morning.
    The center doesn't take walk-ins. Majestic said children have to be registered to be able to stay for the day.
    The same is true for North Canton YMCA Child Care Center.
    Director Julie Daugherty said the facility operates even when school isn't in session — because parents still have to work.
    Noon: Red Cross to open warming center in Alliance

    A "warming center" will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the American Red Cross outpost at 234 S. Arch Ave.
    The local American Red Cross chapter will operate the center at the request of the city Fire Department.
    It will be "a place for someone to come in, get warm and get something warm to drink," Barbara Slater, disaster program specialist for the local Red Cross, said. "It is not meant for overnight. Some people have no power in their homes. It is a chance for them to get out of the weather."
    Temperatures on Tuesday are forecast to range from about minus 15 degrees to zero, according to the National Weather Service's regional bureau in Cleveland.
    As of Monday, the Red Cross chapter had no plans to operate a similar drop-in center in Minerva.
    Page 5 of 7 - "We have not heard from Minerva at all," Slater said.
    11:35 a.m. Ice from broken water main closes Massillon street
    A portion of 16th Street NE is closed due to a water main break.
    City Safety-Service Director Al Hennon said crews have closed 16th from Phillips Road NE to Lincoln Way E while they work on the problem, which happened Monday morning as temperatures were plummeting into the low teens.
    Lincoln Way E is down to one lane moving east — the westbound lane is closed — in the area. Motorists should try to avoid that section.
    Hennon said salt is becoming ineffective for melting ice on roadways due to the extreme cold. He said crews will be mixing salt with grit.
    Black ice is a concern on the roadways, Fire Chief Tom Burgasser said. Motorists should slow down and be alert on roads that may only look wet.
    Hennon and Burgasser advise residents to stay indoors if you can.
    "If you don't have to be out on the roads, don't drive," Burgasser said.
    For those who must drive, Hennon advises having a full gas tank, a blanket and a charged cellphone with you, "so you can call us," he said.
    Firefighters battled a garage fire on Arapahoe Road SE earlier Monday. The cold hampered efforts but crews got the blaze under control. Water froze on the roadway as it flowed away from the fire scene.
    11:32 a.m. Massillon provides warming center
    Hennon and Burgasser said a warming station will be set up at the Salvation Army at 315 Sixth St. NE from noon Monday through noon Wednesday.
    The center is not a shelter with cots, meals and overnight accommodations. It's a place for people to get temporary shelter from the cold and a warm drink. It also will provide restroom facilities.
    Folks can stop in at the warming station throughout the day and night as needed.
    "If it serves one person, it's served its purpose," Burgasser said of the temporary warming station.
    Don't be alone, if you can, advises Burgasser.
    "If you're able, try to find someone to stay with," such as family, friends or neighbors, Burgasser said.
    Protect yourself from frostbite if you're out in the elements by wearing layers of clothing and keeping exposed skin covered, officials advise.
    11:30 a.m. Temps dip toward single digits
    At 11 a.m., the temperature at Akron Canton Airport was 12 degrees, with winds out of the west at 22 mph, creating a wind chill of minus 7 degrees.
    Page 6 of 7 - 10:40 a.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to close early
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will close early today because of the weather. According to their website, "Due to severe weather, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014."
    10:35 a.m. Akron Zoo closed today, Tuesday
    The Akron Zoo is closed today and Tuesday due to the weather, according to a release.
    10:30 a.m. Massillon crews battle fire, water main break
    As of 10 a.m. Monday, temperatures were in the low teens in Stark County and dropping rather quickly.
    The frigid temps caused some problems for safety crews in Massillon who fought a garage fire at 1234 Arapahoe Road SE. Salt crews were called to spread salt on the road as the water used to fight the fire was freezing on the street, causing slippery conditions.
    City crews were also investigating a water main break at 16th and Lincon Way E in Massillon.
    Massillon officials were meeting with the Salvation Army this morning to discuss setting up warming stations for folks who may need it later today. Details were still being worked out as of 10:30 a.m.
    Check this website often today for the latest weather updates, cancellations and where you can get warm.
    10:15 a.m. Clergy to bless the waters at noon
    The Stark County Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood will conduct a New Year's Blessing of the Waters at noon today at Stadium Park, Shelter No. 5.
    10:05 a.m. Warming centers to open Tuesday
    The Stark County Chapter of the American Red Cross will open warming centers in Canton and Alliance Tuesday to help residents cope with the extreme cold.
    The warming centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations.
    • Goodwill, 408 Ninth St. SW., Canton.
    • Red Cross Community Resource Center, 234 S. Arch Ave., Alliance.
    At this time, there is no plan to open warming centers on Monday.
    8:55 a.m. Horseshoe Casino closed
    Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland closed at 3 this morning until further notice due to the extreme cold.
    8:05 a.m. Plain Twp. issues parking ban
    Due to inclement weather, Plain Township has issued a parking ban that will be in effect through 12 a.m. Wednesday
    8 a.m.: Temperatures to nosedive during the day
    Temperatures are dropping rapidly this morning with the arrival of a winter storm expected to bring frigid temperatures as low as minus 14 tonight.
    Page 7 of 7 - The temperature peaked at a balmy 45 degrees with light rain at 11:51 p.m. Sunday, according to National Weather Service observations at Akron Canton Airport.
    Over the next six hours, the mercury fell to 18 degrees and the rain turned into light snow.
    The National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures to continue to drop to around 4 degrees this afternoon. With winds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph, the wind chill value could be as low as minus 20 degrees.
    Tonight, the temperature is expected to hit minus 14, with wind chill values as low as minus 38.
    Little to no snow accumulation is expected.
    Most schools in Stark County are closed today on account of the freezing temperatures.
    GateHouse Ohio reporters Shane Hoover, Christina McCune, Malcolm Hall, Alison Matas, Kelli Young, Kelly Byer, Steven M. Grazier, Ed Balint, Amy Knapp, Dave Sereno, Summer Moore and Veronica Van Dress contributed to this report.

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