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Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich  who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. 

John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.

With temperatures running dangerously low, workers from local shelters are working overtime to get people in off the streets. While hundreds in the Dayton area are experiencing homelessness, most have found a way to be inside.

The gym at the Salvation Army in downtown Springfield has been turned into a temporary warming center.

“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out,” said a man who goes only by Dave. He was squatting at an empty house, and made plans to come to the warming center after he read the forecast in the paper.

Schools are closed all over the Miami Valley and the state as Ohioans braced for dangerously cold weather - and officials are warning people to stay inside if possible.

Ohio State University and the University of Toledo closed Monday, too, as temperatures in the state were expected to be the coldest in more than two decades.

In the wake of the first winter storm of 2014, the state is expected to see its coldest temperatures in years.

Temperatures are in single digits to start the day throughout the state this morning, with wind chills well below zero.

After a warm up into double digits Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will dive back down, with highs throughout the state from only 0 to 5 for Monday. And it'll stay bitterly cold through most of next week.

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Updated 5 p.m.

A severe storm warning is still in effect through 1 a.m. Saturday. Brian Koniglio with the National Weather Service says storms this big are rare. 

"You wouldn’t have a storm like this more than like a couple times a year," he said. "Some years you don’t even have any like this."

It’s already snowed several inches, and Koniglio says snowfall will pick up after sunset.

Another four to six inches of accumulation are expected overnight. Travelers are advised to stay off the roads if possible.

A Public Health Heat Warning for the Miami Valley continues today (Thursday), and many communities are setting up cooling centers to help residents cope.

Because of the excessive heat warning issued on Wednesday, the City of Dayton, and other communities, activated their Heat Emergency Plans.

The Miami Valley is seeing its first heat wave. The high temperatures combined with abundant sunshine and humidity is going to make it feel like the upper 90s to the triple digits through the weekend. Ohioans will get some relief when a cold front comes through on Saturday, but things won’t really cool down until Sunday into early next week.

Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Wilmington says that although this the hottest weather this year, it’s not going to be as hot as last summer.

Meteorologists are warning that a gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms is likely to threaten one in five Americans.

The storm system packing tree-toppling winds is forecast to rumble Wednesday from Iowa to Maryland.

The continuous line of storms might even spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho. That's a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. A historic derecho last year killed 13 people and knocked out power to 4 million residents.
 
 

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, issued weather warnings this week that are credited with saving lives in Oklahoma. And it, like other government organizations, is dealing with the impact of the federal budget cuts knows as sequestration. The agency reports however, they will still maintain its critical missions.

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Thirty-nine years ago - April 3, 1974 - A “Super outbreak” of storms produced 148 tornadoes within a 24-hour period.  It’s reported that during the height of activity, 15 tornadoes were on the ground simultaneously.  Nationwide, 315 people were killed, and well over 5000 were injured in 13 states, and Canada in which tornadoes occurred.

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