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NE Ohioans dealing with bitter cold and lake effect snow

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The sun made a brief appearance Monday, but, it didn't really help warm things up.

It's darn right cold and windy out there. The bitter blast forcing many of to bundle up. "You can tell on the expression on my face it's cold," explains Van Baynard.

Baynard thought it would be a great idea to show his grandson, Marquise Benson, who is visiting from Deleware, Lake Erie. That is, until they both stepped outside. "He said get out the house so I could go and hang out with him in the cold. My face is about to turn into an icicle,"says Benson.

After about five minutes, Benson and his grandfather rushed back into the car to warm up. They say they'll spend the rest of the trip indoors.

But, for a couple of Saint Bernards the old man winter's return is a welcomed treat. Not so much for their owners who have to brave the elements to take them out for a walk. "We tolerate it as much as we can with layering all of our clothes on and taking them in short spurts," says Douglas Liano. "We freeze for them, explains Kate Liano.

In some areas, steady snow and gusting winds mean hazardous driving conditions. Plows are out and crews are gearing up for a potentially long night.  "Just came down route 20 towards Painesville Township and it was white out conditions.  A lot of wind blowing across the road there and heavy lake effect snow coming down there, " said one driver.

Many folks say they won't go out unless it's a must! "I got the heat on in my apartment," says Marie Patton.

To help people beat the cold, The City of Cleveland Recreation Centers will be open this week Tuesday through Friday 11;30 a.m. Until 8:00 p.m. They are available for residents looking to stay warm.

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