Left: Snowfall map courtesy of Intellicast.com
(Toledo, OH) Arctic air blowing in from the northwest continues to bring record-low temperatures throughout the Midwest and Northeast, and relief appear to be at least several days away.
Virtually all schools closed in Northwest Ohio today, as subzero temperatures and wind chill readings approaching 25 below zero caused administrators to cancel classes; their concern had as much to do with diesel engines as it did with frozen children.
My 1996 Saturn groaned, sputtered, but finally fired up this morning, as the University of Toledo was one of the few educational institutions open for business today. The Glorious Revolution, alas, could not wait for a warmer day, although attendance in the class in which I am a TA was well below 50 percent.
Wind chill map courtesy of Intellicast.com
Avoid going outdoors if you can help it for the next two days, and don't forget to limit the amount of time your pets spend outside. If you must travel, be prepared for emergencies, and be sure to bundle up. Despite two layers of clothing, hat, and gloves, I was thoroughly chilled in several walks across campus today. The wind cuts right through your clothes.