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WARREN, Ohio - With no immediate end in sight to the bitter cold, many school districts are quickly taking action, to avoid racking up too many calamity days.

School districts including, Warren City Schools, are forecasting lesson plans even if classes are canceled due to inclement weather. The Warren board of education approved its plan for Blizzard Bags at a meeting Monday morning. The district has used more than five calamity days this year.

Many districts are doing this as Ohio Governor John Kasich calls for more calamity days this school year in light of winter's wrath.

It's been busier season than in recent years for Trumbull County plows and drivers are often working overtime.

"It's probably above average right now, it will depend on the rest of the winter how it plays out," Gregg Alberini says, Trumbull County highway superintendent.

At this point in the season, Alberini doesn't expect his department to go over budget due to overtime hours.

Moments of heavy snow slowed drivers as temperatures took a nose dive throughout the day Monday. County plows likely won't tap into salt supplies when temperatures drop below 10 to 15 degrees this week, because the salt looses its effectiveness. Trumbull County has 4,000 tons of salt left at its Warren dome and about 2,000 tons at its Cortland supply location. The county goes through 6,000 to 8,000 tons during an average winter.

Supply woes are worrying propane distributors. Youngstown Pronpane could be going through 100,000 gallons of propane a week during these weather conditions, but the company's owner says they're only able to supply a fraction of that.

"Supply is an extreme issue right now, because of several factors, but mainly right now, because of the extreme cold," Bob Jones says, owner.

Jones is urging his customers to turn down their thermostats until at least the end of the month. 

Columbia Gas of Ohio is stressing its customers to do the same this week as the valley bundles up for this chilly blast. 

Customers are asked to reduce their natural gas use, especially during the overnight hours Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop below zero across the state.

 

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