Icy roads cause a spate of school closings and delays Monday morning.
The winter weather advisory issued at 7 p.m. Sunday night was lifted at 6:45 this morning.
“The precipitation moved into your area about 10,” said Karen Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “It started as snow, then sleet, then freezing rain. There are still some scattered rain showers, but temperatures are rising.”
At 7:30, Stark County temperatures had hit 36 and were expected to continue into the mid-40s this afternoon, Clark said. Tuesday and Wednesday, she added, the mercury should hit the mid- to upper 50s.
Weather extremes at this time of the year are not unusual, Clark said. The record low for Tuesday is minus 13 in 1977 while the record high for that day is 64 degrees in 1975.
School closings today include R.G. Drage Career Education Center, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Sandy Valley Local, Fairless Local, Massillon Christian, Minerva Area Christian, St. Louis Elementary, Minerva Local, Tuslaw Local, Northwest Local, Carroll County, Carroll Hills School and Workshop, New Philadelphia City and Dover City.
Others, including North Canton City, Alliance City, Brown Local, Carroll County Christian Academy, Lexington Elementary and Louisville City announced two-hour delayed openings.
Icy conditions delayed departure of a pair of 6:30 a.m. flights out of the Akron-Canton Airport. Delta’s flight to Detroit and a United flight to Chicago O’Hare were affected, according to the airport’s website.