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The late summer heat is forcing Columbus City Schools to let kids out early again on Wednesday.

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It will be a hot, short day for Columbus City Schools.

Because many schools still lack air conditioning, the district is dismissing all schools 2.5 hours early to help students beat the heat. All middle and high schools dismiss at noon Tuesday. All elementary schools will release students at 1 p.m.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

No matter the adage or that the calendar tells us spring has sprung, March is still roaring like a lion on both sides of the country. On Wednesday, the West Coast braced for potential mudslides and flooding following heavy rain, and much of the East Coast dealt with a major snowstorm.

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The first day of spring is bringing a Winter Weather Advisory in Central Ohio. And while the snow begins to come down, legislators in an Ohio House committee will be considering a new way to remove ice from the roads - using the byproduct of fracking

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Thousands of Ohioans are spending today cleaning up flood damage.

Traffic was crawling and most classes were canceled around Central Ohio on Wednesday morning after heavy overnight snowfall that stretched into the morning commute.

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Columbus City Schools, along with many schools throughout the state, are closing early because of ice and snow expected later this afternoon. Ohio Department of Transportation crews are already preparing for the storm, which could blanket Ohio in up to five inches of snow by Saturday.

The spring-like weather is moving out of Central Ohio just as quickly as it moved in.

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Columbus City Schools and most other Central Ohio districts are closed on Monday after overnight freezing rain covered the region in ice.

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We thought we heard the last of the term "polar vortex" in 2014 but it looks and feels like it's back with a vengeance. As a winter “bomb cyclone” continues to blast the East coast, we'll look at tips for staying warm and what causes this weather phenomenon.

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This weekend, Central Ohio is projected to experience its first significant snowfall this winter, drawing accumulations of one to three inches of snow across the area.

"Bitter cold" is gripping a broad swath of the U.S., the National Weather Service warns, with dangerous wind chills and other hazards. Freezing temperatures are common across the Southern U.S. this week; in the North, multiple states report subzero conditions.

States are declaring emergencies and cities are working to extend their shelter capacity. And at all levels, officials are telling people to stay inside unless they absolutely must be outdoors.

A tornado in Mercer County caused damage to a farm near Celina, Ohio.
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Several home and businesses in Celina were destroyed Sunday as what witnesses say was a tornado swept across the Mercer County city. At least eight people were injured.

It was a great growing season for much of Ohio, and many farmers have been able to get a head start on their harvest. But that early harvest amid warm, dry conditions brings an added risk of combines catching fire.

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For the second day in a row, Columbus City Schools will release students early on Tuesday due to predicted high temperatures.

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