Columbus, Ohio (Ap) -- Ohio's northeast corner is preparing for potentially heavy snow as thousands in the state remain without power following a major wind storm.
The National Weather Service warns that up to two feet of lake effect snow could be dumped on lake and Ashtabula Counties by Friday evening and says winds could cause near blizzard conditions.
Wind gusts of up to 61 mph on Wednesday caused widespread Ohio power outages that utilities were still trying to resolve at late morning Thursday.
American Electric Power said 6,300 of its customers were still out, mostly in eastern Ohio's Jefferson County.
The county opened four emergency shelters for people without power or heat.
AEP says it hopes to have all service restored by midnight.
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