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Early-season snow causes power outages

Associated Press • Oct 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

FirstEnergy said it hoped to restore power to most customers Friday but said some people might have to wait until today.

The snow Thursday weighed down on trees still full with leaves, sending broken branches down on power lines.

A handful of schools, most in the traditional snow belt east of Cleveland, called off classes for a second day Friday.

A lake effect snow warning was in effect through midday. Areas of the Lake Metroparks district located along the windswept Lake Erie coastline northeast of Cleveland were affected.

When park rangers began rounds in Chapin Forest in Kirtland, they could hear trees and branches cracking and breaking, Metroparks Executive Director Paul Palagyi said.

“The trees were just loaded with wet snow and ice,” he said.

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