- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans bundled up for sub-zero wind chills on Thursday and braced for continued bitter cold temperatures and plummeting wind chills.

Hundreds of schools and businesses across the state closed Thursday as wind chill temperatures dipped to 15 to 20 below zero. Several universities around Ohio also cancelled classes.

Cleveland opened city recreation buildings and warming centers Thursday morning. The centers are expected to remain open until at least Saturday evening, city officials said.

Cincinnati suspended its trash and recycling pick-up services Thursday due to the severe cold.

Wind chill advisories and warnings were in effect for most of the state through Friday morning. The National Weather Service said lows would be between 10 and 15 degrees below zero Thursday night, with wind chills ranging from 15 to 30 degrees below. Forecasters predicted the frigid temperatures could break records.

The weather service warned that prolonged exposure to the cold could result in frost bite and hypothermia.

Dozens of schools also announced Friday cancellations by Thursday morning. Friday highs could reach the low to high teens, but wind chills could remain in the minus 20s early in the day in parts of the state.

The weather service said Ohio won’t get a break until the weekend, when temperatures are expected to climb back into 20s and 30s.

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