More Snow, Protecting Your Phone in the Cold, Rethink Your Diet

We've now gone 5 days without a temperature above freezing and, on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the worst snowstorm in Ohio weather history, we can expect another round of light snow today. Ironically, Cleveland's official January snowfall to date is only 2 and a half inches. Yep, 2.5" so far this month!

TODAY: Periods of light snow (1-3"). High: Low 20s.

TONIGHT: Occasional light snow. Up to another inch. Low: Upper teens.

SATURDAY: Scattered light snow in the morning. Glimpses of PM sunshine. High: Mid 20s.

Looks like the sub-freezing cold snap will extend through this week around Ohio, so as weather-related news coverage continues, here's an angle you may not have included yet (and one your reporters and photographers are already experiencing, no doubt!): the electronics we use every day, everywhere, don't like this kind of cold any more than we do!You've reminded your viewers to protect themselves with coats, gloves and scarves, but what about their smartphones, tablets and notebooks? A few special precautions are needed to keep these safe from winter weather too.

It may be time to rethink that diet. Losing weight is a good idea, but you may be sabotaging your dieting effort by eliminating the wrong foods. Like peanut butter, Cleveland Clinic Dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic says too many people look at peanut butter and think, too much fat, too many calories. "Peanut butter is actually a great source of vitamins and minerals as well as those mono-unsaturated fats that really tend to help us feel fuller longer," said Jamieson-Petonic. The key is portion control, one to two tablespoons of natural peanut butter a day will help control your hunger. And there is no need to eliminate pasta, a cup of whole grain pasta will stabilize your blood sugar, and that's a critical component of weight loss. And cheese is another food most think of as a big dieting no-no, but just like peanut butter and pasta you have to control the amount you're eating, only about an ounce a day. "Keeping cheese in the mix is a real good idea for women," says Jamieson-Petonic, "What cheese is going to give us is vitamins, minerals, protein and calcium, that's going to give us what we need. And notoriously women tend to be low in calcium." And don't pass on the potato. French fries, sorry, don't go there. But a baked potato topped with Greek yogurt, instead of butter and sour cream, will make you feel full longer.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager