Snow Coming, Gun Sales on the Rise, Downtown Restaurant Closing

A big winter storm is heading our way. A wind advisory will go into effect at noon with wind gusts as high as 40-50 mph into early Friday. Expect this to be a rain event today with the transition to snow occurring after midnight. It will be windy with snow accumulating 1-4" Friday, with heavier lake effect snow occurring Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. That will put accumulations in the snow belt over a half foot by the time this event comes to an end Saturday night.

TODAY: Rain arriving this morning. Increasingly windy. High: 54 Wind: Increasing to 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

TONIGHT: Windy with rain changing to snow. Low: 34 Wind: S-W at 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

FRIDAY: Windy with light snow in the morning, heavier lake effect snow in the afternoon. General 1-4" accumulating during the day with 4-8" in the snow belt.

Gun store owners are seeing a noticeable increase in the purchase of weaponry. After last week's tragic event that claimed the lives of 26 at the Sandy Hooks Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many people seem to want to get their hands on the heavy artillery that could soon be outlawed. Mike Dawson, owner of Five Star Fire Arms in Seven Hills, says that this mimics the rise in sales after the movie theater shooting in Colorado earlier this year. Dawson says that his customers are specifically buying guns and ammunition that may potentially be banned by the government in the very near future. Many of the racks at the gun shop that once held several rifles, shotguns and clips of ammo are now practically empty. Law enforcement officers frequently patronize Five Star Fire Arms but one inquiry left the store owner a little unsettled. Apparently a caller said, "I want the same gun that killed those kids." Dawson's first thought was, "Why? What's this guy planning?"

After operating in Cleveland since 1998, ChopHouse & Brewery announces that it will permanently close at the end of the year. The last day of business for the restaurant, located at 842 West Saint Clair Avenue, will be December 31st.  Patrons are invited to join the ChopHouse on New Year's Eve to bid farewell to the restaurant on its final day of operations. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 623-0909 or online. "We have greatly appreciated the dedication of our Cleveland employees and would like to thank our loyal guests for their patronage over the years," said Allen Corey, President and CEO of CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc., owner of ChopHouse & Brewery. ChopHouse began operating in Cleveland 14 years ago. Owned by CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc., there are additional ChopHouse locations in Denver, Boulder and Washington, D.C.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager