Snow on the Way, Black Friday, Plumbers Busy

The big change is here. A major cold front moving through this morning. The wind really picks up and some light showers are expected mainly the first half of the day, peaks of the sun by mid-afternoon, then a cloudy evening with the chance of snow showers in the northern communities. Sunday will be cloudy, cold and dry.

TONIGHT: Lake effect snow develops after 8PM. Little to no accumulation except in the snow belt 1-2". Low: 32. Wind: West to Northwest 20-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy and snow showers likely. High: Mid-30s

Black Friday is well underway! Lines at Best Buy in North Olmsted started forming earlier this week. In fact, just about every major retailer started the shopping frenzy on turkey Thursday.  Kmart set the pace by opening at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving, closing at 4 p.m., then reopening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.  "I love these sales, if they open we will come," said one shopper.  Reporter Dan Deroos was at the Toys R' Us when it opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and they'd been lined up for hours. "I already ate earlier, played football so didn't have nothing else to do. Might as well come wait in line for some cheap stuff? Right...," said another early shopper.

The day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter's residential plumbers.  Big meal preparations and clean up can lead to unwanted waste in the kitchen's drain and garbage disposal along holiday guests who require additional laundry, showers and toilet flushes put a strain on household plumbing. "Often, the cases is that a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system," said Paul Abrams, Roto-Rooter representative. Incoming calls to Roto-Rooter for kitchen jobs alone will jump 50% above average on Black Friday.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager