This Day in Sylvania
On January 4, 2020, we're looking back at the year 2014

Do you remember? This Day in Sylvania, 2014, was the beginning of a winter weather story for the record books...


On January 4, 2014, after enjoying a nice holiday and Winter Break, Sylvanians suddenly had to switch gears. Instead of preparing the kids to return to classes on Monday, families rushed to the store to stock up for a winter storm that was reportedly on the way.


In Meijer on Central Avenue, each checkout lane had more than 10, sometimes 20 carts lined up. Every store in Northwest Ohio was the same.

​The storm did hit, and it went on and on. More than 13 inches was dumped on Sylvania. The Sylvania Schools' Winter break was extended longer than anyone could have imagined.

The cold came then too, deadly serious cold. The weather continued to force schools to close. Thinking the worst was over, on February 5 Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Rieger announced a day had been added to the academic calendar, February 18.

But the ferocious winter weather continued, and so did the school closings. In March, so many days had been missed that a Calamity Plan was put in place, and Dr. Rieger announced the unthinkable: The school year was to be extended into the summer, and hours were added to the school day.

Local small businesses suffered as well that winter, taking a great financial hit. Those business owners who could make it in to the store found few shoppers could do the same, a sad story that was repeated day after day. Some businesses that closed down later that year admitted that the weather was at least partly to blame for their troubles.

Yes, the Blizzard of '78 was bad, but the Winter of 2014 ranks right up there with Sylvania's worst cold weather events in recent times. Let's hope that history doesn't repeat itself any time soon...

Check out lines at Meijer in Sylvania extended back into the store 10 - 20 carts deep.  Shelves were emptied here and at stores throughout Northwest Ohio.

Original post on Facebook:
6:00 pm, 1/7/2014:

Sylvania's courageous firefighters arrived back at the station after battling a terrible house fire for three hours in the cold this afternoon--the crew stepped off the truck, and the first thing they did was pick up a sign so they could send you a message--stay safe, Sylvania...

The sign at Main & Monroe displayed a chilling message.

Dr. Rieger announced the Calamity Plan in March.

A sense of humor helped Sylvanians enjoy the winter days despite the bitter cold.

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