- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Records were shattered, schools were closed and traditional Lenten fish fries were cancelled as cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills continued Friday in Ohio.

School districts across the state, including the Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati city schools, decided to close again Friday as frigid temperatures lingered. Most of the state saw negative temperatures Friday and wind chills in some areas reached 25 degrees below zero.

The National Weather Service reported Cincinnati recorded a low temperature of 12 degrees below zero, breaking a 130-year-old record of minus 7 in 1885.

After the negative early morning temperatures, some groups in the Cincinnati area canceled Friday evening fish fries, a popular Lenten tradition.

Cleveland’s reading of 17 below zero on Friday broke its 1968 record of minus 3 degrees. The weather service reported low temperatures on Friday in, Akron, Toledo and Youngstown also broke records.

Some Ohio colleges called off morning classes, and county government buildings in Cuyahoga County were also closed.

Icy road conditions Friday morning caused Cleveland police to close the West Shoreway, a key commuter route into downtown Cleveland. Other major highways in northeast Ohio saw 15- to 35-minute delays.

Highs Friday were expected to reach only the teens before a slight warm-up this weekend, with highs back up in the 20s and 30s.

But winter isn’t about to let up. Snow is predicted again Saturday in much of the state, followed by a dip in temperatures again next week.


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