Snowy Weekend, Moment of Silence for CT Shooting Victims, Tax Deductions Missed

Winter storm warning continues for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties until 7pm Saturday. In the snow belt east of Cleveland total accumulations will be 6-12" of snow. During the day today, snow will remain on the light side through the morning, with heavier snow coming tonight as the wind becomes northwest. The strong wind coming off of the lake will lead to wind gusts as high as 50 mph. Blowing and drifting snow, and heavy lake effect snow squalls will produce heavy snow and blizzard like conditions in the snow belt overnight. Expect the snow to end by Saturday afternoon with cold, dry air holding in place through Christmas Day.

TODAY: Windy with snow accumulating 1-3". High: 34. Wind: SW at 15-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

TONIGHT: Very windy with snow accumulating an additional 1-3". In the snow belt expect an additional 4-8". Low: 28 Wind: NW at 30-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with lake effect snow east in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy. High: 35

One week ago today, a shooter opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary school killing 20 children and six adults. Ohio Governor, John Kasich has asked Ohioans to join him in a moment of silence for the Connecticut school shooting victims.  Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has declared today an official day of mourning in his state.  Via twitter, Gov. Kasich sent out the message to Ohioans to honor the victims with the moment of silence, Friday, Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m. It is more critical than ever for taxpayers to learn what deductions they are entitled to before they file their returns.

Most taxpayers know that they can deduct cash gifts to charity, but never think to deduct the value of noncash items such as clothing, furniture or toys that they give away. Although it may be necessary to consult a tax advisor about how to properly assign value to these items, the amount that you may be eligible to declare as a deduction might surprise you. However, remember to get a written receipt or you may not be able to justify the deduction in an audit. Here is a list of some commonly overlooked deductions.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager