Put-in-Bay School cancelled classes and Bass Islands flights are grounded today. An overnight ice storm sheathed the region in a bewildering coat of glass. Rain, snow, and blustery conditions appear in the mid-week forecast.
What happens when Lake Erie freezes, warms up and regains open water, the wind blows, and then the lake freezes again?
A look along the shoreline at South Bass Island Lighthouse reveals the accumulated ice shoves of recent weather cycles. The varying thickness, intricate patterns, and craggy extensions present another fascinating marvel of island winter! Click image for enlarged view. Photos by Donna Steinbach
National Weather Service >956 PM EST Sat Feb 9 2019 (edited)
Put-in-Bay’s next weather system will be a mid level disturbance moving along the westerly flow . . . light snow from southwest to northeast Sunday afternoon and evening. There will be pockets of moderate snow at times where visibilities may drop briefly to 1/2 to 1 mile. Temperatures will be near or just slightly below freezing when this snow event moves in Sunday afternoon. Overall accumulations expected will average 1 to 2 inches.
Dense fog shut down air transportation to the Bass Islands today. The National Weather Service issued a Dense Fog Advisory and cautionary weather statement for northwest Ohio:
This afternoon and tonight: Dense Fog Advisory until 4am Thursday .
Thursday through Tuesday: There is potential for heavy rain Thursday. It could have significant impacts to the rivers and streams across the area. Also, Thursday night and Friday, west to southwest winds will approach advisory levels of 20 to 25 mph with gusts approaching 40 mph.
An Erie stillness (pun intended) wrapped itself around well-known island vistas . . .
Polar Vortex delivers! At noon the South Bass Island Lighthouse station reports a west wind blowing at 27 knots (31 mph). The air temperature is -5.8°F, and wind gusts up to 31 knots (35.6 mph) put the wind chill at -34.1°.
Put-in-Bay School will be closed for a second day on Thursday, 31 January 2019, according to Superintendent Steve Poe at 1:25pm.
Put-in-Bay School Superintendent Steve Poe announces the following schedule change due to severe cold temperatures:
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 — School Closed
Thursday, 31 January 2019 — School opens on a 2-hour delay.
Students should pack a lunch and remain at school until afternoon dismissal on Thursday.