Winter Weather Update – December 15th @ 5 pm

The City of Cleveland is still under the Lake Effect Snow Warning issued by the National Weather Service and could receive anywhere from 1 to 6 additional inches of snow. The Lake Effect Snow Warning expires at 4 a.m. Friday morning and it will continue to be windy and very cold.

The Department of Public Works reports that main/secondary thoroughfares are in fair to passable conditions in some areas and in poor condition in the areas hit hardest by the snow fall, mainly the west side of Cleveland.

There are 49 snow removal crews currently deployed. Crews will begin to move into residential streets in the areas with fair mains and secondary roads by 7 pm. Crews will enter residential streets in all areas by 11 pm tonight.

Travel Tips and Reminders for Evening and Morning Commutes:

  • A Parking Ban is in effect in the City of Cleveland and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Don’t Block the Box – keep intersections clear and look out for traffic controllers.
  • Take it slow in ice and snow.
  • Know before you go: check traffic conditions, travel times and incidents on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s OHGO website:
  • Remember if you are stuck in traffic, so are the snow plows.

Warming Centers:

The City of Cleveland’s two warming centers will remain open overnight. All other recreation centers will open at 11:30 am to 8 pm. If conditions change or schools are closed, recreation centers may open early.

  • West – Michael J. Zone, 6301 Lorain Road (corner of West 65th Street and Lorain)
  • East – Zelma George, 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The City of Cleveland encourages residents to:

  • Please park off-street whenever possible. This allows plows to have curb-to-curb access and clear streets of snow more effectively.
  • Stay off the streets as much as possible for their own personal safety and to allow snow plows greater access to the city’s roadways.
  • If you must travel, use caution.
  • Plan ahead for the morning commute and allow extra travel time.
  • Pay attention to local news for weather advisories.
  • Stay indoors. If you must go out dress warm and in layers.
  • Bring your pets inside – it’s the law
  • Check on your neighbors and friends, especially the elderly and those with small children.