Saturday, January 22, 2000

More snow on the way

2-4 inches possible this afternoon

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Trameeka Lewis, 17, bundles up against the bitter cold.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        An approaching weather system could add more snow to the Tristate's weather miseries today.

        Forecasts are calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow beginning this afternoon and continuing into evening, said Scott Hickman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

        Morning temperatures will be brutally cold for the second day in a row - about minus 5 degrees. Only slight winds are forecast, but even those could make it feel as cold as about minus 20.

        The good news: today's high should reach 28, and Sunday's high will be in the mid-30s. Friday's high reached only 15.

Current radar
How to measure wind chill
        As a rule, the Over-the-Rhine Community Center opens its doors as a shelter whenever the windchill factor pushes the temperature below zero.

        The Drop-Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine, which has been operating above capacity since November, has been even busier during the recent cold stretch.

        Though it has mats and beds for about 225 people, Thursday night's head count was 283, said Chris Engle, who runs the center. Since November, the center usually had a nightly head count of 250-260 people.

        The center has dealt with the overflow by busing some people to the city's cold shelter. But even when the Drop-Inn Center is crowded, it won't turn anyone away.

        “If we have to stick them in corners or under tables, that's what we do,” Mr. Engle said.

        In Florence, the cold weather forced the second-straight cancellation of live racing at Turfway Park. Robert N. Elliston, president of Turfway Park, said the track is in good shape and racing will resume this weekend if temperatures rise.


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