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Ashtabula Power Outages Caused by Weather


December 23, 2022 - Winter Storm

An Arctic cold front swept through the area around 4 AM December 23rd. Low pressure along this front tracked over Lake Erie early in the morning on December 23rd and rapidly intensified through the day while slowly lifting northeast across Ontario. With the frontal passage rain changed to snow with temperatures dropping from the upper 30s and lower 40s to sub-zero in about 8 hours. A period of moderate to heavy snow, with rates briefly up to 1��� per hour, occurred behind the front into the morning hours of December 23rd with the snow trending lighter by midday. The period of snow and rapidly falling temperatures led to a flash freeze and icy conditions on area roadways. While the falling snow became lighter through the daytime hours of December 23rd, winds began increasing during the pre-dawn hours and gusted over 45 MPH through the day. A peak wind gust of 51 MPH was measured at 6:41 AM December 23rd at the Ashtabula County Airport. Sporadic tree damage and power outages resulted. Wind gusts very gradually subsided into December 24th, though gusts didn���t drop below 30 MPH until that evening. This led to a prolonged period of widespread blowing and drifting snow beginning early in the morning December 23rd and continuing through the afternoon and evening, with some patchy blowing and drifting snow continuing all the way through Christmas Eve. The greatest impact from this storm was to travel due to the flash freeze and extensive blowing and drifting snow, to go along with low visibility. Numerous minor accidents, slide-offs and disabled vehicles were reported throughout the area on December 23rd and 24th. A few of these accidents resulted in at least minor injuries. The Ashtabula County Sheriff declared a Level 2 snow emergency on December 23rd which persisted into December 24th, which strongly discourages non-essential travel due to the winter weather conditions. Wind chills plunged below 0 around 7 AM December 23rd and did not warm back above 0 until the morning of December 26th. A minimum Wind Chill of -29 degrees was reported at 5:35 PM December 23rd at the Ashtabula County Airport. In response to these conditions, a warming center was opened in Ashtabula during the storm. A number of burst pipes were reported across northern Ohio due to this cold, with temperatures remaining in the single digits until Christmas morning. A trained spotter measured 6.0��� of snow in Monroe Township with this storm. Elsewhere, a spotter measured 4.3��� in Harpersfield Township, with other spotters measuring 3.0��� in Cherry Valley and Pierpont.

August 11, 2021 - Thunderstorm Wind

Power poles were broken in Ashtabula.

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December 1, 2020 - Winter Storm

Rain changed over to snow during the evening hours of November 30 in Northeast Ohio, as low pressure moved just east of the area. During the early morning hours of December 1, heavy, wet snow overspread the region with visibility dropping to one-quarter of a mile or less and snowfall rates up to one inch per hour. Travel was severely disrupted by this storm as heavy snow quickly accumulated on area roadways and any pre-treatment efforts were hampered by rain earlier on November 30. Due to the heavy, wet nature of the snow and only modest wind speeds of 10 to 15 mph, blowing and drifting snow was not a big issue during this event. However, snow easily collected on area trees, especially area evergreen trees, and the weight of the snow allowed for trees to fall onto area roads, power lines, and even some buildings. Tree damage was notable across Ashtabula County and up to 6,000 customers were without power by the late morning of December 1 due to trees falling onto power lines. Power was not restored to some residences for several days. Schools and several businesses closed on December 1 and 2 due to the weather conditions. In Ashtabula County, snowfall totals ranged from 11 to 22 inches of snow for the event. A peak total of 22 inches of snow was observed in Trumbull Township. Other selected snowfall totals include: 21.4 inches in Cherry Valley, 20.4 inches in Orwell, 17.6 inches in Harpersfield Township, 17.5 inches in Pierpont, 14.1 inches in Jefferson, 13 inches in Kelloggsville, and 11.3 inches in Monroe Township.

October 31, 2019 - Strong Wind

Minor wind damage was reported in portions of Ashtabula County due to wind gusts up to 50 mph. Trees and power lines were noted down in portions of Austinburg and Monroe Townships. An automated wind sensor at Ashtabula County Airport measured a peak non-thunderstorm wind gust of 48 mph.

February 24, 2019 - High Wind

Trees and power lines were downed across the area. A large metal auto dealership sign was blown down in Jefferson. All school districts in Ashtabula County were closed on the 25th due to the impacts from the strong winds.



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Power out on Carpenter Road since 1:30.

Barb | December 11, 2021  

Out at brown rd and rt20 saybrook

Fuller | December 11, 2021  

Power outage on Maruba ave Lake Shore Park area

Shirley C. | May 28, 2021  

Power out michigan ave down harbor only in this street several house

AIDA ORTIZ | June 10, 2020  

power out on w prospect rd in front of trinity church whole house two duplex's, the company said by 7:30 pm will be back on. duh. OK been having issues since Feb 9th. actually since thanksgiving Nov 28th. yes I reported to the company n the property owner. just bought groceries today.

LF | March 10, 2020  

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Ashtabula, Ohio

City Ashtabula
County Ashtabula
State Ohio (OH)
Country United States
Zip Codes 44004, 44005

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