Cold temperatures in the forecast for Valentine’s Day weekend

Valerie Royzman
| The Daily Record

You might want to hunker down and get cozy this Valentine’s Day weekend – perhaps with a partner, beloved fur baby or hot chocolate in your favorite mug – because a stream of cold air is expected to sweep through the country, and Ohio won’t be spared.

Temperatures will drop in the coming days, and Sunday will be especially cold for Ohioans, said Brian Mitchell, a meteorologist based out of the Cleveland office of the National Weather Service.

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Across Ashland, Holmes and Wayne counties, residents can anticipate highs between 25 and 30 Saturday, and a 40% chance of snow showers mainly in the afternoon, Mitchell said. The day will be mostly cloudy.

“There’s not a huge chance of snow right now,” the meteorologist said. “Just a little or no accumulation expected.”

Sunday will be colder, “struggling to get into the 20 to 25 range,” in the daytime, Mitchell predicted for Ashland, Millersburg and Wooster. In the evening, the temperature could drop to about 10 degrees.

The weather service suspects the wind chill could drop to 5 below, but that doesn’t reach wind-chill advisory criteria, which starts at minus 10 and goes down to minus 24. Still, the weather fluctuates, and folks should tune in to the forecast for more information in real time.

Mitchell could not provide exact snowfall totals for the tri-county area. Mansfield has seen about 28.2 inches since the start of the winter, 2.7 inches below normal. The Akron and Canton area has accumulated 38.5 inches, which is 8.4 inches above normal, he said.

“Take precautions,” and bundle up, the meteorologist said, no matter the length of time you’ll be outside. 

Prepping for the cold: Area hardware stores see more foot traffic

People are watching the weather, and they’re stocking up on supplies – mostly to prevent slippery driveways and sidewalks and to keep pipes from freezing.

“I’ve noticed today (Friday) they’re coming in for salt,” said Judy Umstead, assistant manager at E&H Ace Hardware in Millersburg. Shovels and heat tape also have been popular in recent weeks.

Tending to weather problems 

Lorrie Tignor, owner of Tignor’s Hometown Hardware in Wooster, noted some store visitors are preparing for frigid temperatures, while others are trying to take care of the winter problems already affecting their homes.

“People are thinking spring and are almost not wanting to deal with this unless they absolutely have to,” she said. “They don’t want to store rock salt for the whole year.”

That’s why customers tend to gravitate toward smaller purchases, such as the 11-pound jugs of ice melt and 25-pound bags of rock salt, but stores like Tignor’s are already starting to run low. Patrons may just have to settle for the 40- and 50-pound supplies that are normally more popular early in the winter season, she said.

Tignor likes to educate customers on when it’s best to rely on ice melt versus rock salt.

“Rock salt works down into the 20s,” she explained. “With what we’ve been experiencing lately and maybe this weekend, it may get down to single digits. Rock salt will just sit there,” while the ingredients in ice melt will actually penetrate through the ice.

Another tip from Tignor? If you’re going to be outside, “go through your mental list,” and make sure you have warm clothing and boots and a plan for how to acquire supplies. 

If COVID-19 is a concern, Tignor’s offers curbside pick-up. She suggests calling the store for your needs, and an employee can place the purchase in the trunk of your vehicle when you pull up outside the store.

Chuck Hodous, general manager at Farm & Home Hardware in Ashland, has seen foot traffic increase pretty significantly in recent days. 

People have their eyes on Enviro-Bricks, wood pellets, heat tape and kerosene and electric heaters, he said.

The hardware store’s website lists tips and tricks for staying toasty this season. They range from fun suggestions, such as enjoying a bowl of comforting soup and drinking a cup of tea to blocking drafts from doors and windows with insulation kits.

Here are a few other tips:

  • Bake cookies! The oven will warm up your house.

  • Fill your car with emergency items.

  • Stuff your pockets with handwarmers, especially if you’ll be spending time outside.

  • Run a trickle of water at night or when you aren’t home so your pipes don’t freeze. You may want to invest in heating cables and tape.

Ohio Department of Health offers winter safety tips

As people dig out their heaters and rely on fireplaces to keep warm, the risk of household fires increases, and the same is true for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless, so it’s hard to notice without detectors, the Ohio Department of Health warns. It is produced with burning of any carbon-containing materials, such as gasoline, natural gas, propane, coal and wood.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and others, from ODH:

  • “Use fireplace, wood stoves or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.”
  • Do not preheat or start your car inside a closed garage.
  • Make sure your home has CO (carbon monoxide) detectors.
  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors, as the fumes are deadly.
  • Keep as much heat as possible inside your house.
  • Don’t leave lit candles unattended.
  • Eat well-balanced meals to keep warm.

The department also urges Ohioans to be cautious about travel, especially on ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges.

Keep warm clothing and emergency supplies in your car; notify family and friends if you’ll be driving or hiking and camping; and never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow, because shattering could happen.

For more information on the risks of cold temperatures and additional safety tips, visit the website.

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