Update: Freezing Rain Causes Power Outages in Cleveland

Storm left about 25,000 people without power in Cuyahoga County

Updated 4 p.m. Monday: More sleet and freezing rain could mix with the about 2 inches of snow expected to fall by 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service's Cleveland office. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday, as we may get about 2 to 4 more inches of snow overnight, said Will Kubina, meteorologist with the Cleveland NWS. 

The freezing rain storm that started last night and has caused power outages throughout the area.

Dan Krizner, Cleveland Heights city forester, said he received about a half dozen calls this morning about fallen branches blocking roadways. Ice caused one tree on Euclid Heights Boulevard to split down the middle. Crews moved the tree in the median to clear the roadway until it can be taken care of, Krinzer said.

"Especially it being the holiday, we don't have all the staff available to drive the entire city, so we rely on the police department to tell us when streets are blocked," Krinzer said. "There will be quite a bit of cleanup this week and next week, but all the roads are open. Everything seems to be under control. If we don't get anymore ice, we should be fine." 

About 44 homes were without power in Cleveland Heights earlier this morning, said Mark Durbin, FirstEnergy spokesperson. According to FirstEnergy's website, that number is now down to 29. About 1,300 remain in the dark in Shaker Heights, and about 20,000 still don't have electricity in Cuyahoga County

Power for some may not be restored until tomorrow morning, as it depends on if the conditions worsen and how fast the road crews are able to work, he said. 

Kubina said there is a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. tomorrow, but earlier he said he thinks the worst of it may be over. 

People have reported a quarter of an inch to three quarters of an inch of freezing rain so far, he said. 

Check Cleveland Heights Patch throughout the day for weather updates. 


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