By DAN SEWELL
Ohioans were facing a one-two punch from winter weather Sunday, with more snow over the weekend soon giving way to a new pounding by bitter cold.
Many areas were expected to be in low single digits, with gusting winds slapping Ohioans with wind chills of minus-20 degrees or worse in the mornings ahead this week.
The National Weather Service issued wind chill warnings for much of the state beginning Monday, meaning dangerous cold ahead. The forecasts said much of central and western Ohio could get wind chill readings of 25 to 35 below zero tonight and Tuesday morning. Temperatures in the Cleveland area could be well below zero early this week. The unusually frigid weather is expected to grip most of the state into Thursday.
WHIO TV reported several people were taken to hospitals after the crash of semi tractor-trailer and car on Interstate 75 near I-70. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Defiance County in northwest Ohio, but it wasn’t known immediately whether weather was a factor.
No utility outages were reported in the small southwest Ohio city of Trenton, where power losses Saturday left thousands in the dark and cold for hours. The city opened an emergency warming center Saturday evening.