- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A mix of rain, snow and ice across the state closed dozens of schools Monday while ice in Lake Erie was limiting how much water several northern Ohio cities could draw from the lake.

This week started out like last week ended for many children who were home from school.

Many schools in northern Ohio, including some that were closed three days last week because of the weather, started out with delays Monday, but they decided to close for the day after snow continued into the morning.

Other school cancellations and delays were reported down into southern and southwestern parts of the state.

The warmer temperatures producing the freezing rain are expected to drop this week as more frigid conditions return, including single-digit readings forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The cold temperatures are making it tough on a few water plant operators along Lake Erie.

Residents in Avon Lake, Medina, Ashtabula and Geneva were asked to conserve water because the ice in the lake was reducing how much water can be drawn from the lake. Businesses were also asked to cut back.

Todd Danielson, head of the Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, suggested that residents hold off on washing clothes for a day or two and asked that they don’t fill up their bathtubs.

Water plant operators say the situation will correct itself when Lake Erie freezes over.

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