Cold Freezes Activities – Hundreds Without Power In Southeast Ohio

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Have you always wanted to visit the Arctic? 

Go outside.

Dangerous wind chills greeted Ohioans as the state was slapped with another blast of Artic air.

The National Weather Service has placed most of Ohio under a wind chill warning until Wednesday.

Air temperatures in Athens County were in minus double digits Tuesday morning.

Forecasters predicted wind chill readings of 20 to 30 below in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus.

Sub-zero wind chills were expected elsewhere.

Those frigid temperatures were being felt more personally by power customers in Muskingum, Meigs, Gallia and Washington Counties Tuesday morning where hundreds were without power.

AEP Ohio had asked customers to conserve electricity usage in anticipation of increased demand although the company said there was sufficient supply.

The weather gave students from pre-kindergarten to college a break.

Southeast Ohio schools were among those closed.

Ohio University canceled its classes, as did Ohio State University, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State University.

The parade of wintry weather and bitter cold led Ohio lawmakers on Monday to propose that the number of "calamity" days for public schools this year be increased from five to nine.

Hearings on the bill were expected soon.