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.
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.