January 12, 1918: Statewide Blizzard
New snowfall was reported to be 10 to 15 inches but drifts of 10 to 15 feet covered houses, vehicles, and trains. Churches opened their doors to the poor and others who did not have coal for home heat. Trains were halted across the state as were most urban streetcars. Passengers on a train stalled near Washington Court House were brought into town on sleds to prevent their freezing to death. Coal supplies were scarce in Ohio and throughout the eastern United States. The stoppages of rail traffic halted coal deliveries while the extreme cold created record demands for coal.
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