Winter

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

Bugs Bugs Bugs

Feb 2, 2018
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Summer's over and winter is here but that doesn't mean we're done with our flying, crawling, eight legged friends.

Join us for a look into the world of insects and arachnids as fall heads into winter. Learn how bugs stay warm in the winter and get tips on preventing uninvited insect guests from showing up to your holiday party.

Winter Birding

Jan 19, 2018
Blue jay in the snow.
Julie Zickefoose

Not every living creature is hunkered down some place warm. Learn how our local feathered friends still take to the sky in freezing temperatures and hear more about birds that are easy to spot during the colder months.

Ohio Department of Transportation

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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There are few regions in the world where you can make true "ice wine," a sweet vintage fit for after dinner sipping or dessert courses.

Ohio Department of Transportation salt truck
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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.

Winter Birding

Jan 8, 2018
Blue jay in the snow.
Julie Zickefoose

Not every living creature is hunkered down some place warm. Learn how our local feathered friends still take to the sky in freezing temperatures and hear more about birds that are easy to spot during the colder months.

Extreme Winter Weather

Jan 4, 2018
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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.

Over the past two winters, there wasn’t much ice cover on the Great Lakes. That changed with this month’s deep freeze.

Frigid temperatures have frozen more than 40% of Lake Erie’s surface, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  Scientists there predict ice cover could jump to almost 90% by Sunday. This time last year, ice barely covered 2% of the lake.

If you live anywhere along the U.S. East Coast, brace yourself for what is about to come: a nor'easter that forecasters are calling a "bomb cyclone."

How much the storm affects the coast is contingent on a number of factors, most notably how far out to sea it tracks.

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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.

Winter Stargazing

Dec 28, 2017
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Grab your jacket, hat and gloves and head outside for a rare show! Coming up, find out which star constellations are most visible in clear winter night skies.  Also hear theories on the actual date of Christ's birth based on the stars. 

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